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.
Aug 5, 2015

Waiting to be adopted

During his adaptation to the progam
During his adaptation to the progam's live.

Dear GlobalGiving friends:

We would like to share with you the story of a child who as many children in Colombia, came to us after suffering a hard life full of abuse. Last year we took care in our centers to 790 children and youngsters exposed to neglect at the hands of their poverty stricken parents.

David* is twelve years old and had originally been given to the ICBF (The official Colombian Family Welfare Institute) by his maternal great-grandmother. Before he came into our program he had lived with his maternal great-grandmother (now deceased), his uncle and aunt, who abused him physically with sticks and straps on a regular basis. David had a close relationship with his great-grandmother, but, as a result of the abuse he suffered, he did not obey rules nor respect authority and behaved badly. According to David’s memories, his mother had abandoned him several years ago and his father had died.

David’s situation was not easy because he was diagnosed with severe behavioral problems associated with a deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When we began to work with him, his behavior was erratic and with a high level of aggression towards other kids and his adult trainers. During his adaptation to the program David had difficulty controlling his anger and mood swings and the only way to show his frustration and powerlessness feeling was by attacking others or hurting himself. However, whilst he has difficulty in following instructions, John responds very well to affection and to praise and personal recognition.

However with the passage of time, with the constant and stable environment and daily routine, his aggression and mood swings gradually started to decrease, thanks to the affection and care that he received from professionals and other kids of the Foundation. He has been taken off the medication to treat his psychiatric disorder and goes to school like any boy his age.

Nowadays  David is a teenager who has grown strong and healthy. He likes to study, play games, have people listen to him and he loves animals, especially dogs. He is currently ready for adoption and eagerly awaiting his new family to come and claim him. Edison, his new father used to work at the Fundacion as a maintenance man and  David is literally in love with him. Until legal process and documents are ready, he will continue under the care and custody of the Fundación Niños de los Andes. When he says proudly “Today is my Daddy’s visit day” we can see how important its being our work.

Your generous support is invested in David. As him, in Colombia over 80.000 boys, girls and adolescents at risk are under the state protection waiting to go back to their homes or waiting for a new family. This is the main reason why we ask you to keep going hand by hand, helping us to give our kids and their families a hope for a better life.

*His name has been changed for protecting his identity.

David learns every day to be happy.
David learns every day to be happy.
He has grown strong and healthy.
He has grown strong and healthy.
Daddy means everything  to him.
Daddy means everything to him.
Woodworking is his favorite craft.
Woodworking is his favorite craft.
We are so proud of him. He is adorable !
We are so proud of him. He is adorable !
May 7, 2015

Good news, on May 13th all donations matched

Children in the Nuevo Amanecer home
Children in the Nuevo Amanecer home

We are pleaced to announce that on May 13th there will be a Pro-Rated Bonus Day. There is $75,000 available in matching funds and the matching percentage will be determined based on the total amount raised that day.

Why is this Bonus Day so great? For the first-time, all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project made on Bonus Day will be matched. That means that our donors can give throughout the day and feel confident that their donations will be matched.

This opportunity is very important for us in order to reach our goals, that’s why we are asking for your help.

If you want to know more about this project, click here.

Apr 16, 2015

Drugs, the greatest enemy of youth

Time to reflect
Time to reflect

During 2015 the Fundacion Ninos de los Andes has strived to keep firmly the patient fight against the situation of street living of thousands of children in Colombia. Thanks to the generous donations that you make through Globalgiving’s platform, we have managed to provide tools to put an end to such serious situation. However the problem is still a big one. The number of young people and adolescents who consume psychoactive substances in our country has increased considerably since 2008. According to a study by the Observatory of drugs of Colombia it was increased from 2.74% in 2008 to 3.6% of the total population in 2013.

From the 2.414 youth admitted for the Foundation emergency centres during 2014, 93.2% of them presented use of psychoactive substances and 18% of them presented street situation. The preferred substances of teenagers are marijuana, glue, “perico”, pills and “bazuco”, demonstrating that they consume more than one psychoactive substance at a time. From all the teens attended, 1.444 were referred to therapeutic communities for specialized treatment of addictions and 44 were reinstated to their family environment, prior awareness work to families about proper management to avoid a relapse.

This invites us to reflect and to think in new ways to combat this phenomenon which hits all social classes in Colombia and gradually consumes the essence and the future of our society that is our young people. Through interventions that are made in Casa Corazones and Albachiara, the Fundacion Ninos de los Andes daily helps children and young people to get out of these addictions and become good members of society. Sessions of yoga, reading spaces, educational cinema forums and cardiovascular gymnastics routines, directed by the psychosocial team and workshop specialist, help to control withdrawal and anxiety by consuming that these teens present at their recovery terms.

The Foundation spends a good portion of its budget on materials and therapies to manage children's free time, since they remain in the house, they aren't going to school and we must help them with therapeutic activities 24 hours a day.

The calming effect of an inspiring movie
The calming effect of an inspiring movie
Visits are always welcome in Casacorazones
Visits are always welcome in Casacorazones
Fitness means mental health
Fitness means mental health
Sadness  comes some days!
Sadness comes some days!
We prepare families to receive them back.
We prepare families to receive them back.

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