The Patronato Nacional de la Infancia will celebrate Christmas today with 400 youngsters in Pavas in the facilities of the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral.
The celebration organized by the child welfare agency is part of the Red contra la violencia de Pavas in which 25 public and private institutions are participating. The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until noon.
Organizers promise dancing, music and presents for youngsters who attend.
Pavas is heavily populated and parts are decidedly low-income. Some areas are controlled by gangs. Some young criminals live there but victimize persons elsewhere.
The event today for those 18 and under is an effort to keep youngsters from adopting a life of crime or violence.