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.
Jul 8, 2014

Preparing young people for a better life

St. Patrick
St. Patrick's House home 30 former homeless boys.

This time we have decided to make a special mention to our “Preparation for Life” program with the adolescents at the Saint Patrick’s Home that involves a transitional period which constitutes the bridge between being in the Foundation and returning to society. Since its opening in 2003, the Saint Patrick’s centre has been home to 675 adolescents, offering them the skills they need to sure up their long-term plans and preparing them psychologically so that they may use their independence to become active and constructive members of society.

Many of the boys have come from the Emergency Centres or other institutions as they have been fully rehabilitated but have no family support. Saint Patrick's centre has a warm and happy atmosphere. It feels like a real “home” and the boys come across as “brothers”. Here there is a major emphasis on educating the boys and setting them on a path that will help them to become fully independent. Some are going to secondary school, others are attending technical college and four of the young men are attending University. The idea is to provide the boys with career advice and employment opportunities as real options for their future.

We are certain that this programme contributes directly to achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals in the context of the fight against poverty, since we firmly believe that skills development and employment opportunities are are one of the most effective solutions. The young people who have graduated from the Foundation, deserve a fair chance of getting a prosper life. We will do our utmost to further this initiative, with hard work and your generous donations.

Former street child, Alexander * (19) is attending University in Bogota where he is studying Agricultural Science. He arrived at St Patrick’s two and a half years ago. He was found abandoned at age 5 and spent many years living in a number of institutions and on the streets. He is doing very well at college and is very bright and ambitious. Jonathan used to go out on Street Patrols where he helped giving out bread and hot chocolate to the kids we visit. He loves to share moments with the people living on the streets he had met. It’s incredible to think that this young man belonged to the street community not that long ago. *His name has been changed for protecting his identity. 

According to the United Nations, 65% of the population in Colombia is below the international poverty line. When Colombian families don’t have homes or a means of income, proper parenting becomes compromised. This can result in Colombian children not being adequately fed or supervised and education is often non-existent. It can also result in Colombian children being exposed to physical and sexual abuse, and violence.

They leave as  true brothers!
They leave as true brothers!
Learning systems is a must.
Learning systems is a must.
Jaime encourages them to make positive changes
Jaime encourages them to make positive changes
Alexander* shares his dream with our Irish sponsor
Alexander* shares his dream with our Irish sponsor
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
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