Main stages of development of the organization
Since the initial years, the association has grown in quality and professionalism concerning our work with children and adolescents. So have the number of services and actions we undertook.
In 1996 we became independent from the Social Mobilization Foundation, because the foundation was not complying with the agreements referred to in the initial project. Furthermore, our commitment was extending beyond this organization. Thus, on September 30, 1996, we founded the Children's Association "Tuktan Sirpi" as a non-profit organization. Tuktan Sirpi means "little boy" in Miskito, the language of the Indians in Nicaragua. However, although much time has passed, the population continues to identify us as “Club Infantil” in Jinotega and “Club NATRAS” (in Yalí).
The first years (1996-1999) were a time of consolidation within the Association. At this early stage, we worked in a ‘cyclical’ way, meaning we focused on the immediate needs of children and adolescents in Jinotega. We organized many recreational activities aimed at working children and adolescents. At the same time, we often did not take into account who was in charge, weather it were the state or the families. So we ended up substituting both in their responsibility.
We then recognized that we were guided by merely welfare criteria. During that period, we didn'tneglect our own abilities as a working group and began developing what are now our professional skills, and thus differentiate us from other organizations doing similar activities.
In organizational terms (personal and financial resources), we have grown quickly after hurricane Mitch (1998). The disastrous situation encouraged other international organizations to support us in areas such as mental health, integrate laboring children into schools, reintegrate the families of laboring children in the society.