Many of the children grew up in ghettos and they’re still living there. Others come from tiny, overpopulated apartments, in blocks in which the names of those with rates arrears, hang on in the entrance halls. The traumas and deprivations many of them suffered since early childhood, are hard to imagine. They come to us extremely confused, for they never had any role-models in their families, nor the chance of developing value judgments. Their parents are, often, completely resigned under the triple burden of lacking the most elementary subsistence means, jobs and, finally, hope.
We also sustain these parents, next to their underprivileged children. Still, the children remain in the focus of our attention. During the day, before or after the school hours, they come to the “Florian House”. We are preoccupied not just by their school training, but also by the development of their communication and relationship abilities, which cannot take place without overcoming the affective obstacles linked to the traumas and the chronic neglect they endured.
At the “Florian House”, these children learn to play, to amuse and friendly discuss to each other. Step by step, they come to trust the others and their own possibilities, which made many of them achieve amazing emotional and cognitive progresses.