CANICA is a non-profit organization working to eliminate homelessness and child labor in Oaxaca for over 30 years. Their organization has two key objectives. The first is to offer specialized services to families who work on the street, with a focus on children and adolescents. CANICA’s model is based on the notion that families in this situation have a disadvantageous relationship with the street as they depend on it for survival, making them more vulnerable to its risk as they occupy public spaces from a disadvantaged socioeconomic, socio-cultural, age and gender position. The second objective is to educate the community on why child labor is harmful while including them in the solution process. Through education, CANICA hopes to support children’s development and improve their quality of life.
CANICA uses a comprehensive attention model to prevent and address child labor in their communities. The three phases of their model include 1) Contact and Awareness: contacting children, adolescents, and their families through a friendly and respectful approach, 2) Intensive Services: strengthening participants’ abilities, skills, and knowledge to improve their quality of life, and 3) Social Commitment and Participation: reinforcing families’ learned abilities and skills so they can design and implement a family life plan that guides them to achieve their goals and dreams.
Today, CANICA supports over 50 families in the metropolitan area of Oaxaca. The families are from various regions in Mexico and the Northern Triangle in Central America. 77% of them are from rural areas in the poorest states of Mexico.