Movimiento de Apoyo a Niños Trabajadores y de la Calle (MATRACA)
MATRACA is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1991, which promotes the rights of child workers and street children. It is a movement by children for children who spend the better part of their time in the street. The organization not only is charged with the educational needs of children, but also the educational needs of society with respect to children.
Currently, MATRACA operates four programs:
- Program for street children – which contains three educational formats: Casa Matraca, Club Matraca and Street Outreach.
- Program for child workers – which contains two educational formats: Club Matraca and Street Outreach.
- Program for families and communities – directed at families of child workers, street children, teenage mothers and young couples.
- Program for public policy, media and research – research themes, communication and public policy.
Statements from past students:
“My internship at Matraca was a wonderful way for me to get to know the Mexican culture as well as get close with a wonderful group of people. I worked with Elizabeth Ortega, who directed the family services part of Matraca. She was responsible for programming for the women and their families and together we organized classes on domestic violence, sex-ed, and other topics. The job was great because I was able to develop relationships with several of the mothers and their children and feel truly connected to them by the time I left.”