What we do


Con un enfoque familiar, integral y sistémico, trabajamos con familias que deciden lograr sus sueños y alcanzar una mejor calidad de vida.

The family is at the heart of Rodelillo Foundation’s approach and of its remarkable success. Rodelillo’s approach is integral; that is, it treats each member of a family group as a whole person within her/his social context, the basic social unit, the family; and helps each member to value and build on the affective bonds and intra-family identity uniting it. Each family is self-defined, and each family member is self-actuated and self-actualized within the context of the family.

Working with its dedicated team of a social workers, psychologist, micro-business advisor or other specialists each family becomes more conscious of the particular strengths, interests and dreams – and negative attitudes and dysfunctional behaviors – of each family member, and gradually as a family they decide on a collective plan of action, a family plan — and sign a contract with Rodelillo – to undertake and complete a process of transformation. The results are amazing!

Rodelillo addresses an integral set of fundamental needs which actuate people. These include:

  • The construction of a family plan to take charge of, and assume responsibility for, the family´s situation, in which each family member’s personal goals also become part of the family’s goals. The family plan is the backbone of the entire intervention, a blueprint to more fulfilling and productive lives.
  • The affective, communicational and cooperative relations subsisting between and among all family members, between parents or couple, with and among their children and extended family, including open and rational discussion of vital themes such as family history and roots, self-esteem, sexuality, and the observance of family norms and limits.
  • Teaching and encouraging life-style habits of self-respect and self-control; preventive healthcare and sound nutrition; respect and care for one’s environment; sports and recreation; and accessing local health and self-help networks;
  • Educational reinforcement based on commitment parent with the children education process, and parental literacy;
  • Vocational training programs based on the aptitudes and interests of each participant in the context of local labor market demands, including focused training, support, derivation, and micro-credits for micro-entrepreneurs; and
  • Orientation and personalize guidance for families in applying for and taking possession of definitive housing solutions, and to improve the actual housing conditions (housing security, hygiene, equipment).


The Rodelillo Model                

The first actors included families, professionals and businessmen who gave shape to a co-constructed model of social intervention — from its beginnings always with an integral and multidimensional focus — in order to establish in a self-sustaining form a social intervention model that, within a definite period of time, could produce durable results, i.e. could break the grip of poverty.  In this holistic and hermeneutical manner, Rodelillo founded an innovative model by means of which people together with their families in their own communities might transform a common history of poverty into new stories of human enterprise, self-fulfillment and fuller, more productive lives.

The professional teams carrying out this intervention seek to eliminate the repetition of ‘poor answers for the poor’, and to transform the invisibility of poor families into a vital experience of self-worth and belonging.  Coherently, our Model is supported upon three pillars: (a) bonds of affection among and between family members and professional teams; (b) constructive changes in mental maps; and (c) the effective integration of social actors in the co-construction of strategic and sustainable responses worthy of enterprising families in quest of opportunity, independence and dignity.

This new affective approach toward weaving integral social change makes possible a up-close accompaniment of professionals with the families in the process of restoring social confidence, in the decoding of the mandates of poverty, and in the installation of new codes and readings of life’s experiences.  Ultimately, Rodelillo families empower themselves to articulate a family project of entrepreneurship capable of giving meaning to the family’s bonds of affection, and to employment, homeownership, education, a lifestyle of caring for and respecting oneself and one’s surroundings, to artistic and cultural development, and social integration.

This professional companionship will last 14 months, a period in which the family co-constructs with the professionals accompanying them a family plan with concrete objectives for immediate and long-term changes.  This unique plan becomes the road map for the family and each of its members toward more dignified, integrated, affective and productive lives.  It works for almost all families.

In this same line, the definition of the Family Enterprising Project serves as the backbone, along which all the areas of intervention are articulated, with the support of all family members.  Because of this, the family project is transversal and intersects with every stages of the program.

The Model contemplates three phases below, co-constructed between each family and the professional team.  These phases are: (a) diagnostic; (b) development of an action plan for each family; and (c) a final evaluation of the process.  Although the phases are sequential, in reality the diagnostic and the evaluation phases are processes which constantly cross one another, and thus provide timely feedback regarding the changes that the families achieve.