The panorama that is observed of the situation of Venezuelan children at risk, raise awareness us over a huge problematic for whose confrontation all the efforts are few.
The current context leads us to seek more intensely the financial resources, food and goods needed. Efforts to obtain help from local sources has become very complicated, due the economic crisis in the country leading to the closure of many companies and the significantly reduction of Social Responsibility budgets.
Also the collaboration by individuals, has diminished notably due to the inflation and the shortage of staple goods.
This complex reality forces us to seek, with more effort, financial support outside our country.
A great job have been done, so that the little ones do not lack anything and we have succeeded; we want to continue offering them the attention that they require and deserve. (We count on you)
Economic, political and social instability in Venezuela is at an all time high, and poverty levels and the number of vulnerable children are increasing. According to official statistics, over 50% of Venezuelans live below the poverty line and 25% of these live in extreme poverty. Disadvantaged children suffer from malnutrition, poor living conditions and lack of access to daycare. Too often, impoverished parents, mostly single mothers, cannot adequately tend to their children and abandon them in the heartbreaking belief that they will be better cared for as wards of the government. The children languish in institutional orphanages as their files wind their way through various state agencies; the fortunate ones are assigned to private orphanages, which cannot serve all abandoned children due to inadequate resources. Lacking family nurturing, children exhibit severe social, psychological, learning and speech deficits, as well as other conditions related to extreme poverty such as malnutrition.
Founded in 1992, Hogar Bambi is a non-profit organization in Caracas, Venezuela, that provides integral care for children deprived of their family environment by creating a home with a stable nurturing structure that provides holistic care, including shelter, nutritious food, education and medical care. It currently operates three complexes in Caracas. Hogar Bambi is constantly receiving children who live in high-risk situations due to the current political, economic, and social situation in Venezuela. These children enter Hogar Bambi through official channels such as hospital patient representatives and family court. They temporarily come to live in Hogar Bambi, until it can identify biological or adoptive families with whom the children can live under safe and stable conditions. Then, children can, either, join their original families or be legally given to foster parents or adopted. The heart of Hogar Bambi is its staff which is comprised of professionals in technical areas (social workers, medical staff, therapists, and teachers) and trained, 24 hour/day surrogate mothers.
Staff members are highly dedicated to their mission and perform comprehensive functions to ensure the integral care of their charges. They provide personalized attention, tailored services and ongoing evaluation in a caring, supportive setting. Children are divided into small groups, where they live with a surrogate mother in order to recreate a family environment. All children and yound residents receive nutritional meals and snacks each day. Upon arrival, staff tests children in motor, speech and cognitive skills in order to determine their specific needs. It offers tailored treatment to new and existing children, focusing on affective disorders, self-esteem and socialization. It continually develops new teaching materials to encourage academic achievement among its charges. In addition, Hogar Bambi’s professionals provide high-quality medical attention to the children, addressing individual needs and promoting preventive care. Children receive speech therapy based on need.
All school-age children and young residents are formally incorporated into schools in the community based on their age, education levels, and special and individualized needs. By helping these children join and remain within the formal education system, Hogar Bambi guarantees their right to a basic education and enables them to rejoin society and exercise their rights as citizens. Hogar Bambi maintains a complex in the city of Caracas comprised of living, dining and educational quarters for 60 infants, children and youths, where it offers the following services: 1) social services and affective care, 2) basic material provisions such as food and clothing, 3) pediatric and psychological health care, 4) pre-school education, and 5) recreation. Hogar Bambi’s goals are to increase the children’s self-esteem, physical and intellectual development while simultaneously working either to reunite them with their families or find adoptive parents.
Hogar Bambi is a Venezuelan private nonprofit institution, founded in April of 1992 to provide shelter, protection and comprehensive care and education programs to children from zero to eighteen who have been orphaned, abandoned or otherwise deprived of family care. All of the children and youth enter Hogar Bambi through official channels, such as hospital patient representatives and the family court system. Hogar Bambi maintains a complex in the city of Caracas comprised of living, dining and educational quarters where it offers the following services to more than 100 infants and children: 1) social services and affective care, 2) basic material needs such as food and clothing, 3) pediatric and psychological health care, 4) pre-school education, and 5) recreation. Given that many of the children spend significant time in state institutions with minimal care before being assigned to Hogar Bambi, their social, psychological, learning and speech skills are well below the norm for their age. Through this project, Hogar Bambi provides pre-school and physical therapy services through a comprehensive, cognitive and physical development process. Hogar Bambi implements more effective pedagogical techniques, behavior guidelines and classroom materials. Many of the children in the program attend outside schools. Each day, Hogar Bambi’s driver, accompanied by a caretaker mother, transports the children to and from their schools. Upon their return to Hogar Bambi, the children receive individualized attention and assistance with their homework. Project Activities and Results During this reporting period Hogar Bambi continued its pedagogical program, providing assistance to an average of 150 children and adolescents per month through its pedagogical reinforcement and after-school program: an average of 90 children and adolescents participated monthly in the preschool and elementary school program. Through these programs, beneficiaries received in-class working sessions and were evaluated on a monthly basis in order to monitor their progress. In 2016, 77 children and adolescents were enrolled in formal education. In addition to its pedagogical and recreational programs, Hogar Bambi continued to implement the project’s physical therapy component in order to ensure that children’s intellectual and emotional development were paired with their physical development. Through this program, Hogar Bambi evaluated children’s physical abilities and, where necessary. The program also promoted early stimulation and offered rehabilitation to children that had suffered traumatic injuries, including bone and muscle fractures. Hogar Bambi is pleased to report that it has been successful at fostering the children’s and adolescents integral development as well as their reincorporation into a positive social environment. Hogar Bambi gratefully acknowledges donors’ generous support, which has enabled it to provide high quality attention and care to these beneficiaries.