About Friends of Generacion

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Friends of Casa Generacion (FoG) primary role is to gather resources in the United States to assist Generacion in protecting and promoting street children’s rights and its battle against human trafficking. FoG was incorporated in California in 2012 as a non-profit corporation. It is tax-exempt under 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. FoG has been designated as the official representative of Casa Generacion in the United States.

VISION
Children, adolescents and young adults who lived in the streets of Lima have opportunities for the realization of their abilities and enjoy their rights as citizens and active participants of their own destiny.

MISSION
Generacion works to defend and protect the human rights of children, youth, and teenagers at risk who live in the streets of Lima, Peru. Our work aims to improve the condition and quality of life of these children, develop a critical conscience, actively participate in the social movement of working children, and being able to articulate their hopes and dreams before public institutions. The organization was founded in 1988.

THE ISSUE
Generation recognizes that children and adolescents living on the street are facing extreme violations of their rights. This means that their basic needs are not being met or satisfied, and they do not have access to exercise their rights or are violated. In relation to girls who are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, they are subjects to mechanisms of abuse, oppression, exploitation and alienation. In this perspective Generation orients their social action to improve the material conditions of children living on the street and to improve their quality of life. It also seeks to change the conditions of exploitation for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Generation, in working with both groups, is guided by the satisfaction of needs, reposition of rights, and creating platforms so this population at risk can have an active participation in the re-construction of their life projects.

STORY OF HOW GENERACION STARTED
(As told by one of Lucy’s sons)

My mother, Lucy Borja as part of an HIV/AIDS-prevention program that she directed, started visiting Peru’s prisons for juveniles.

Throughout her visits, Lucy learned the children’s personal stories of life on the streets, where they faced the threat of violence daily: kidnapping, rapes, beat ups, and even being shot by death squads. One night two boys who feared to spend the night on the streets asked for a place to stay.  She invited them to sleep in her office and ask them to invite any other child who shared their fears.

We had a family reunion that night, so my mother asked the custodian to give entry to any child who arrived at the office. After the party, we went to her office to check in with the young guests.

Her key unlocked the front door of the office, but we could not shove it open. We thought that the guardian got scared when he saw the street children and rolled-up a carpet behind the door to block the entry. We pushed the door open and my mother was able to reach the light switch. Once the light came on, we looked down at our feet and discovered several young kids curled up on the floor sleeping, their bodies jammed against the door. When we looked around the room, we could not believe our eyes. Sleeping children were even inside the kitchen cabinets. We counted over five hundred children who slept in the office that night.

The kids of Lima kept coming back to the office each night, so the staff got upset with this ongoing invasion, and gave Lucy and ultimatum: “It’s either …us or the kids.”  My mother chose the kids.

The work of Generation started in 1988 and currently promotes and protects street children’s rights. Since they opened the office for the children, Generation has helped hundreds of children from exploitation and trafficking.