Fundacion Ninos de los Andes

To reinstate and defend the fundamental rights of children and youth who live in the streets and whose rights are vulnerable. To work towards the reinforcement of the family unit and to promote a culture in which citizens' co-responsibility and participation lead to the solution of this social injustice.
Mar 7, 2014

Each day is a new beginning.

Home is located in a lovely green place.
Home is located in a lovely green place.

We are pleased to start this year with the certainty of being working with the support of our Globalgiving donors who have placed their trust in our work. We appreciate the contributions you have given to help us in our duty of taking in children who live in a situation of high social and family risk, who need a home and deserve a chance to live in dignity.

Thanks to your generous contribution of USD$ 3.785 during 2013 we were able to successfully protect 2.382 girls and boys aged between 0-18 years, in a residential care (24 hours a day) and external care (after school) programs, with actions focused on the restoration of their rights. These children have received an adequate nutrition, attended school, were provided with books and uniforms, participated in cultural and leisure activities and received continued attention by the psychosocial team to encourage their overall development. In the same way, through our Street Patrols, we provided on site assistance and first aid when needed to 780 people, of all ages, living in extreme poverty or who did not have a home and also we offered familiar attention to 410 former street boys and girls and their families, who had completed the programs in Niños de los Andes.

In Colombia there are steel 80.290 boys, girls and teenagers under the state care, victims of neglect, malnutrition, physical abuse, child labor, sexual violence and consumption of psychoactive substances. Most of them have a family that is not able to take care of them or cannot guarantee their fundamental rights, for that reason we hope we can continue to work beside you on strengthening our Foundation, in order to be able to provide lots of those children with the means to reach their full development in an environment of love, understanding and happiness.

They wake up in a clean and safe room.
They wake up in a clean and safe room.
Homework
Homework's are easier with a pc.
Lunch time at New Dawn
Lunch time at New Dawn
Every day  the children are taken to school
Every day the children are taken to school
The kids have been fortunate to have been rescued
The kids have been fortunate to have been rescued

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Dec 3, 2013

PREPARING OUR HEARTS FOR CHRISTMAS

Handmade decoration for our Christmas tree
Handmade decoration for our Christmas tree

CHILDREN´S HOME “NUEVO AMANECER”

Sixty children and teenagers, mostly groups of siblings, who have had to be separated from their parents due to physical abuse, poverty or forced displacement, live in our home “Nuevo Amanecer”, a place where their rights protection is guaranteed.  They have been exposed to abuse and neglect from their poverty stricken parents and have had little opportunity to access education. For this reason, the ICBF (Colombian Institute of Family Welfare) has taken them into a protection program in which their basic rights have been re established. 

These children can live there until their parents can prove that they can take responsibility for their upbringing. This can take up to four years - depending on the circumstances. Parents are allowed to visit their children once a week during the time they are under protection. At the same time the team of “Nuevo Amanecer”, which includes a psychologist, a social worker, a nutritionist, an occupational therapist, a doctor, two trainers and a nurse; work hard to prepare every detail for them to be able to enjoy a holiday season full of love, games and gifts, as every child around the world dreams of. They know that they are able to receive these gifts thanks to the generous support of our donors.

  EMERGENCY CENTRES

 Our emergency centres “Albachiara” and “Casacorazones”, located in the neighborhood Gustavo Restrepo in the south of Bogotá, never close their doors. The boys at these centres are referred by the local centre of ICBF or the children´s police unit and are admitted at any time of day and night. They do not get there by their own free will as they are often found consuming drugs, they have committed an offense or that they have been involved in the most dangerous situations. They are also aware that they must go through a process of diagnosis of their problems to subsequently begin recovery in the institution designated by the evaluation committee in charge of their case. The team of professionals working there are always willing to give them a warm welcome and make them feel the warmth of home.

 The admission of 850 children and teenagers to this program throughout 2013 clearly indicates the serious situation of young people with regard to consumption of psychoactive substances and their engagement in illegal activities. It is not easy for them to know that they will be spending Christmas away from their families; however they seem to be happy to be under the care of the foundation´s team. There will be gifts, candles, Christmas dinner and lots of activities run by volunteers to celebrate the New Year.

Juliana Velez, volunteering with love.
Juliana Velez, volunteering with love.
Job done!
Job done!
David encourages them to write a Christmas story
David encourages them to write a Christmas story
Jeannette, Psychologist, always checking on them
Jeannette, Psychologist, always checking on them
Papa Jaime inspires them to never stop dreaming
Papa Jaime inspires them to never stop dreaming
Oct 21, 2013

A Great Woman Story

Eyes that ask for help
Eyes that ask for help

We want to share with all of our donors of Global Giving the story of Laura Munoz, a woman and a mother who despite all her problems never gave up and became a life example for everyone today. We are pleased to see how her life inspires many women in the Foundation to keep working and to let them know that dreams really come true.

Due to the economic situation in which we were living, my mum mistreated me a lot, and it got worse when she got to know a guy who also abused me a lot and she said nothing to him. A few months later I left home not thinking I could end up in the"cartucho" (a bad place)… the door to hell…Once there, with the freezing cold of the night, hungry and soaked from crying, a little boy arrived, I think the same age as me, 7 years old is what he told me:"Smoke this and you'll be fine" he said. It felt good.  The same kid took me to his "parche" (slang for his hood), and, there I got to know many 'friends'.  that's when I got to know life on the streets. I learnt to fight, to steal, even to kill, because in the streets one has to defend oneself or die.

There in the streets is where I met my angel -‘Papa Jaime’ who always came to the "parche" to bring us food, or doctors to cure our injuries from "punches". I dont know how many times he saved my life and each time he offered for me to go to the foundation with him. In this "parche" I got to know John, my first man who in fact they killed right in front of me. I had to bury him alone not knowing yet that I was pregnant with one of the most important people in my life.

After his death, I gave in to my vice, without thinking of the danger to my baby.I lived dangerously, I saw thing nobody could even imagine.  One day I  decided to seek out papa Jaime and ask for help.  I wanted out of that life for my baby.

Papa Jaime helped me to leave.  I returned to my mum's house and that's where I had Leydi, my first daughter.  The situation was very hard.  The first month after giving birth I had to work in the outskirts of the city picking potatoes. I met the father of my other 2 children there and I thought this was my real opportunity to form a family, but, it didn't work out either, as always I had believed it would. But, I have no regrets because, today I have Brayan and Brenda, who are my greatest inspiration to keep going forward. Since that moment, with my childrens, I began to dream to have a house where we could have a quiet life. I asked God´s help and Papa Jaime appeared, he helped me with a popular housing project, with his help I had my house in August of 2011. This was a great start for us as a family and a moment I will never forget.

Today I have the support of the foundation.   I work doing general services at one of the foundation homes based in Bogota.  I am grateful for my life and thankful to God for setting me on a good path and for such good people, especially for papa jaime. My dream is to study Social Sciences and continue helping in the foundation to all the girls and boys that had through the same circumstances as me. To achieve that goal, for four years I have been finishing my school and I will graduate with God´s will the next year.

They grew up in a extreme poverty
They grew up in a extreme poverty
A new life with them
A new life with them
A woman with a smile that inspires others
A woman with a smile that inspires others

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