Rights, Citizenship and Supporting Civil Society
During 2010, País Seguro Foundation, an institution created in Asuncion with projects throughout Paraguay, invited ICOS team to develop a pilot project of the Security and Citizenship Labs in Paraguay. In order to introduce the methodology to the Paraguayan community, and train the País Seguro Foundation team, it has been decided that the neighborhood of “Bañados Sur”, with about 40,000 inhabitants, would benefit from the first Labs in Paraguay. Situated on the banks of Paraguay River and ravaged by floods, Bañados are the poorest and least-served region by municipal and federal governments. As a consequence, there is a high penetration of crack trafficking and consumption. The neighbourhood also faces other factors such as police corruption, impunity and lack of the due process of law.
The labs sessions held in late 2010 focused on the challenge of reducing the consumption of crack. To work with this challenge, projects were developed to focus on awareness as well as helping to rehabilitate young people who use crack in the Bañados community, providing them labor activities and supporting crack withdraw.