Leisure and Homework Project

In the current situation of economic crisis, the youngest are often the ones who, in an indirect way, suffer more from their parents’ lack of time, lack of financial resources, and lack of attention. Parents in families hardest hit by the crisis need to work longer hours than ever before, often with no financial results, and children are left unwittingly unattended, beyond school hours until parents arrive from work at night.

This Lotus Foundation project offers the boys and girls of these families the possibility of being in a welcoming space doing school homework and other extracurricular leisure activities such as manual work, board games… with people ready to give support, welcome them, help them with their school homework, and suggest leisure activities.

These activities take place when the children leave school, from 5.15 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. in the afternoon. We want the impact of the crisis to be minimal for these children, and that their economic poverty, translated into a lack of resources, is not extended to a lack of attention and education.

The main objective of this project is to provide attention, support, and education to children aged 7 to 14 in a situation of poverty during extra-school hours through activities such as board games, motor games, and plastic arts, among others, and help with school homework; help the parents of these children manage their work and childcare schedules; and contribute to a better education for children who are at risk of social marginalization. This project aims to serve the entire Maresme region. The Lotus Foundation works in collaboration with social workers from different county councils to contact the children who can benefit from the project.