Welcome to Ricky’s Room
A charitable organization unlike any other of its kind in Canada.
The concept is simple, and effective. Ricky’s Room is a program created by La sala de los sueños Inc, a Winnipeg-based, not-for-profit charitable organization helping children and youth heal from traumatic experiences through art by transforming spaces into hope-filled spaces. La sala de los sueños means the rooms where dreams come true.
Why Do We Do It?
Children have surpisingly sophisticated ways of understanding the world pretence and possibility, fiction and fantasy. Children who experience trauma rarely share their stories by using words. Instead their inner life is pushed deeper, into the world of imagination.
Ricky’s Room allows children to have some sort of control during times when everything around them is not in their control. They design their dream spaces putting into perspective situations difficult to explain in words.
The impact is immediate and overwhelming. Once the child’s dreams are created onto their space they are able to immediately absorb love, strength and a connection to community. They instantly recognize they are valued. That’s when the healing begins.
About Ricky’s Room
Luna founded La sala de los sueños in 2007. It is incorporated in Spanish to honor her mother and her grandfather Guillermo Galdames who would carve wooden toys from scrap wood all year long in their homeland of Chile and distribute them to children in the pueblos when she was just a child. While Luna’s art career was beginning to take off, she wanted to make a meaningful impact to lessen the burden of children in her hometown of Winnipeg.
Luna came to Canada as a refugee from Argentina. Living in Manitoba and thousands of miles away from her homeland at the end of the world she found herself in what she describes as “in another war”, the war against youth. She came up with a new kind of solution to combat child trauma, a more child centered approach, considering the child’s emotional needs and sense of security and belonging using art.
Ricky’s Room has become La sala de los sueños’ most popular program and has completed over 300 individual magical rooms in homes, group homes, treatment centres, shelters, community based healing centres and in other public housing spaces, even including the Manitoba Youth Centre. La sala de los suenos now has over four programs focused on youth mentorship and outreach to accompany Ricky’s Room.
It’s a little time and effort that makes a big difference in the lives of local children. It’s a great feeling to know you’re a part of something so transformational, because…