Dolls supporting families in the search for their loved ones

Advocacy / Participation / Children / Family Needs / Psychosocial Support

These dolls are just a few centimetres long. You could fit three, five or even ten in the palm of your hand. They are made out of colourful fabrics, paper, twigs and yarn. In some parts of Guatemala, before going to bed, children tell these dolls everything that worries them and keeps them up at night – whatever makes them feel sad and afraid. The dolls take in the children’s worries and help them sleep tight; all they have to do is place the dolls under their pillow (that’s why they are called “worry dolls”, or muñecas quitapenas in Spanish).

19 May 2023
The Americas