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.
Jun 10, 2016

Great opportunity to multiply your efforts !

They deserve a better future!
They deserve a better future!

Dear friends,

During 2015 close to 2,000 children and adolescents were welcomed in our protection programs.390 of them were separated from their parents by violation of their rights, abuse, neglect or domestic violence. They do not understand completely the reason to be at the institution and always want to return to their families’ home.1,545 teenagers began a recovery process due to the  abuse of psychoactive substances and were sent back to their families after their recuperation.

These are hard-to-face situations for them, but our purpose at Fundación Niños de los Andes, is to achieve the greatest benefit in the nutritional, health, academic, psychological, and emotional areas trough the services we offer thanks to your support.  

Looking for better opportunities to the communities we serve, on Wednesday, June 15GlobalGiving.org will be holding a Bonus Day to encourage the support of our donors.Every donation will be matched up to 50% by Globalgiving. In addition, the organization with the largest number of donors and the one that raises the most amount of money will be given a bonus for 1,000 USD$

That is  why we invite you to support us making your contribution on June 15 so we can get  an additional benefit for the children. We encourage you to get donations in early, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.

Thank you for facilitating our daily work with the Colombian children at risk, your enormous commitment with Niños de los Andes its remarkable and inspirational for us!

 

 

 

May 5, 2016

Education is the key

Luis David* talking to Vincent about his life
Luis David* talking to Vincent about his life

In a country like ours where only 45% of the population in age of access to higher education can do so, we want to share with you a story to hold together an achievement recently obtained by one of our youth: His entry to the Universidad Piloto de Colombia to study psychology. Fundación Niños de los Andes recognises that education is the main tool for tackling inequality, violence and poverty.

With six brothers, Luis David* (22) grew up to 10 years in a home with a father with severe alcohol problems and a sick mother who could barely feed her children; on several occasions he had to steal to bring food for all of them. The situation worsened and his parents in the desperation to get sustenance, committed illegal acts that led them to prison. He and his brothers were taken to state protection homes, where they spent part of his childhood and adolescence. The absence of his family at a teen ayer, led him to a depressive crisis which paved away for drugs consumption, but with the support of his eldest brother managed to overcome it. Since then he dreamed of studying psychology.

Since his arrival to St. Patrick's home, he was characterized by their extroverted, creative character and excellent interpersonal relationships. After his bachelor’s degree, the Foundation initiated a process to find a scholarship but was impossible since he was overage and did not meet the requirements. By the time his dream was frustrated but his positive attitude remained firm n his dream.

In his persistence to find a scholarship, he told about his dream to one of our benefactors, who were visiting our headquarters. "My dream is to study organizational psychology, because I like working with people, I love the idea of creating projects, search profiles required by the company and find the right person for each position who  can perform optimally, guaranteeing wellbeing and improving their life quality "  Luis David *said. Caroline, who works in France with an association, formed by a group of committed people who have helped the Foundation for morethan15years, brought his story and managed to get the money to finance the first two semesters. Today, Luis David* has successfully finished 4 months of disciplined study at the University.

We asked him for a few words for this report. He said: Currently I live in St. Patrick’s home where I feel welcomed and protected.  I am also very grateful for all the support they give me to continue with my life project.  I want to be a good father and a great husband but first of all I want to be happy, end my career of psychology, practicing my skills in a work that allows me, I want to get married and have two beautiful children, and to be an example for my brothers, motivating them to help our mother."

Thanks to the contributions of our benefactors, from 30 young people who currently we serve on St. Patrick, 8 young are linked to higher education programs,  technical and technological, and 4 of them are preparing (pro bono) their state tests in the Universidad de los Andes, one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country.

We encourage you to continue being part of this uplifting project, helping these young people achieve their dreams through equal and quality education.

*His name has been changed for protecting his identity. 

Ready for his interview at the University
Ready for his interview at the University
Dusacre family from France delivering his aid
Dusacre family from France delivering his aid
St. Patrick
St. Patrick's children waiting for opportunities.
Fundation
Fundation's Director Diana supporting his dream
Feb 4, 2016

The forging power of dreams

Sharing her dreams with papa Jaime.
Sharing her dreams with papa Jaime.

Receive special greetings wishing you a 2016 full of new opportunities and challenges to meet. Here at Niños de los Andes, we are confident that this will be a special year for our project and for the children we serve.

Visiting New Dawn, one of our centers, earlier this year was a very motivating experience. It houses 60 children and adolescents of both sexes, separated from their families for various reasons but all equally traumatic, whom could be a disaster if they spend most of the day at home, however we found a neat house, well cared , fully decorated that breathes love.

Immediately we could see how the activities and celebrations at the end of the year generated positive changes in the group. Children, who months ago came home with a blurred smile by the pain of not being able to be with their family at Christmas, today showed us proudly the harvest of their vegetables garden.. "We planted them ourselves with the teacher" told us Edwin, 10, who began the program six months ago because his parents had big trouble with the law. “When I grow up I can sell them to help my parents ", he said. This kid will surely see other crops, because the situation of his parents doesn't seem to have short term solution and he shall be with his siblings under our protection for an indefinite time.

In a peaceful and harmonious environment adolescent girls get ready to start their school year. The psychosocial support received during the previous year helped them to improve their attitude towards study and personal care. "I am very happy because I was elected as Personera by a vote of all the children," told us Luisa, 16, who has spent a year and a half under our care. "I'm close to graduation and it will be a good experience, “she said.

The Personera is the responsible one for leading group discipline through recreational and motivating activities. Luisa, who is a great dancer and dreams to be a dance teacher, wondered us with the presentation of her first project as a Personera. It’s called “Happy Hearts" and is a proposal to improve the behavior and attitudes of the group through non-conventional therapeutic disciplines as Bio-dance, Yoga and art therapy. We found Luisa´s initiative interesting to support because 30 years experience handling children in difficult conditions have taught us that the most effective way of personal transformation is through stimulating activities. We will seek help to finance this project, hire instructors and acquire the necessary inputs such as sound, mats, dance costumes etc. We are more than happy to invest in our own abilities that carry us forward and help our children gaining social stability, furthering love and belonging, self-esteem, and ultimately self-realization.

The Ministry of Education reports that in Colombia, each year more than 300 thousand children and teenagers especially from the population groups with lower income and therefore increased risk of vulnerability, drop out of school for barely useful and attractive content which takes away the ability to build successful life projects. In consequence, we work to secure and satisfy our children’s higher level of needs in becoming sounder and fitter individuals. We look forward every day to inspire them so that through their dreams, our hands and with your support, they could change the course of their lives.

Everyone raised a balloon with a dream to fulfill
Everyone raised a balloon with a dream to fulfill
Loving volunteers celebrating  New year
Loving volunteers celebrating New year
When I grow up I can sell them to help my parents
When I grow up I can sell them to help my parents
Luisa (center) empowered in her new role.
Luisa (center) empowered in her new role.
Ready to beguin a new school year.
Ready to beguin a new school year.
 
   

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