Serving roughly 200 children between the ages of 6 and 18, Proyecto Barriletes creates a safe, constructive environment that gives kids an alternative from working on the streets or being enticed by the gangs prevalent in the southern barrios of León. As the project’s Director Margarita says: “Barriletes exists so that kids will have an alternative to life on the streets. Whether they are attracted by sports, theater, dance workshops or math assistance, we just want them to be here where they are safe.”
Accordingly, Barriletes‘ educators and volunteers offer one-on-one homework assistance, recreational activities, creative arts classes, and other educational, fun activities. Children also receive free medical check-ups and services, as well as a nutritious meal every day.
How QT helps
Every month, Quetzaltrekkers donates money to buy the food and supplies necessary for preparing 200 lunches, 5 days a week. We also purchased a second house for the project to expand and serve more local youth. In addition to sporadical field trips and special activities with the children, QT volunteers visit Barriletes each week to assist in lessons and lead recreational activities