Thanks to the unconditional support you have given us, the Niños de los Andes Foundation completes three decades helping to transform the lives of hundreds of children who have been forced to live on the streets and look for their means of subsistence. The work that is carried out covers the entire cycle that goes from the psychosocial intervention to the children and adolescents in situation of abandonment or non-observance by the family and the state, up to their true social inclusion and follow-up, going through all the phases and stages that make up our Attention Model.
The work of the Foundation is characterized by an integrality in its execution, given that the intervention is carried out from the four areas of rights: life and survival, protection, development and participation. The programs contemplate family substitute care, when it fails for various reasons, education, health, nutrition, recreation and psychosocial care. Our priority continues to be the restoration of these rights to the children we serve.
They escaped the clutches of violence, crime, prostitution and drug addiction.
They changed their height and weight like other children their age, overcoming the effects of malnutrition.
They attended school and were trained in various arts and crafts that allowed them to fend for themselves.
They enjoyed healthy recreation, went for walks and had happy Christmases full of gifts.
They strengthened their faith in God and received the sacraments of Baptism and First Communion.
With love, they healed their deep wounds in the body and in the soul.
They managed to live their childhood as children, away from child labor and begging.
They spent time in family with their companions until creating a brotherhood that still lasts.
They learned about new opportunities to interact and develop in their permanent contact with volunteers and benefactors.
Some agreed to cultural exchanges and with their host families in France, Canada and the United States built strong ties.
In the hands of Papá Jaime they learned to forgive a society that is often indolent, and parents who are often abusive.
And most importantly, together with him they learned to dream and to fight to make their dreams come true.
Today, seeing them with their new families, we have seen that at the end of their process, they managed to break the pattern of abuse and their greatest pride and concern are their children.