Sponsor a child in Venezuela
Historically one of South America's more stable democracies, Venezuela has one of the largest known oil deposits in the world. Yet nearly half of the population lives in poverty in shanty towns and slums, the most infamous of which sprawl over the hillsides around the capital, Caracas.
The collapse of world oil prices at the end of the 1990s led to a further erosion of living standards and a decline in public services.
Our work in Venezuela
We have been working in Venezuela since 1979. There are currently three SOS Children's Villages in the country.
In 1979, SOS Children built their first Village in the north of the Venezuela, where the majority of the population live. We called it La Cañada after the municipality in which it is located. We also built a nursery, school and social centre.
We opened SOS Children's Village Ciudad Ojeda in 1983 in the centre of Ojeda, a small town on the eastern shores of Lake Maracaibo. There is a nursery in the village and we later built a social centre.
Our third location in Venezuela was established at Maracay in the year 2000. Maracay is an industrial town near Valencia.
Emergency Relief Work
In December 1999, Venezuela was hit by torrential rain. Many people lost their homes in the floods. As a result, SOS Children's Villages set up an Emergency Relief Programme, which lasted for four months. People were given medical supplies, tools and household implements and were also helped in their search for missing relatives.
Aldeas Infantiles SOS Venezuela
Apartado Postal No. 70940 Caracas, Distrito Capital 1071A Venezuela
Tel: +58/212 234 1290, +58/212 239 0470, +58/212 239 1514
Fax: +58/212 234 6663