Sponsor a child in Argentina
Following the economic disaster of 2001 which resulted in nearly 50% of Argentinean children living below the poverty line, Argentina has made much progress and the poverty rate is falling. But many challenges remain. Gang violence, drug problems and desperate conditions in slums continue to make life for many Argentineans tough. Sponsor a child in Argentina today and help us reach the most vulnerable children.
You can help a child in Argentina by sponsoring a child with SOS Children's Villages:
Economic and social crisis
Argentina is the second-largest country in South America. Economic collapse in 2001 left more than half the population in poverty as the country struggled with record debt levels and currency devaluation. Recovery is taking place and it is now one of South America's largest and most competitive economies.
In spite of Argentina's impressive recovery, thousands of people are still suffering the consequences of the economic downturn, especially the poorest members of society. Current figures suggest that about 26% of the country's population live below poverty line. However, rural poverty is a lot higher and remains a critical problem.
Growing up in Argentina
- Adolescent pregnancy remains a big problem in Argentina. Babies born to young mothers face a higher risk of neglect and abuse, poverty and physical illness.
- Child labour also remains an issue in present-day Argentina with an estimated 1.5 million children working.
- In most cases, work interferes with the education, which means that the majority of working children either miss classes on a regular basis or do not attend school at all.
Our Work in Argentina
We have four Children’s Villages in Argentina, and offer support to children from the wider community from nursery-level right up to adulthood.
Argentina's first Children's Village opened in 1979 on the outskirts of Oberá, a town in the north-east Misiones Province, bordering Paraguay. Initially built with six houses, the Village was later extended and now provides 12 loving family homes.
The Village has a farm which families can use to grow their own fruit and vegetables. We also work with older children, helping them achieve independence while still living under our care.
The Village also has an SOS Nursery. An SOS School in the Village provides primary and secondary education, as well as vocational training and adult education evening classes.
Mar del Plata
Our second Children's Village was built near Mar del Plata, a seaside resort on the Atlantic Coast about 250 miles south of Buenos Aires, in 1982. The Village site was moved to a more central location in 1997.
In 2000, an SOS Nursery was opened, which is also available to families in the neighbourhood. A playing field gives children space to learn sports and to keep fit. We also run a daycare centre for children in the community, so that parents can attend vocational training courses or work to support their families while knowing their children are safe.
Argentina's third Children's Village opened in Córdoba in central Argentina in 2000. The Village includes a sports ground and a multi-purpose hall for special events so that the community can celebrate together. Children attend one of the several primary or secondary schools close to the Village.
Luján, Buenos Aires
A fourth Children’s Village opened in Luján, near Buenos Aires, in early 2008. This Village was built in the “Americano” district of Luján. The Village has good transport links and children and young people living at the Village go to local nurseries and schools. An SOS Community Centre provides support to help families stay together by providing childcare and vocational training for parents.
Life in SOS Children's Villages Argentina: Keeping Siblings Together
Pablo, aged 5, used to live on the streets. He arrived at SOS Children’s Village Luján a few weeks before his three younger siblings, due to legal reasons. Pablo could not wait to see his brothers: "The encounter was very touching," said his SOS mother Maria. "Little Pablo opened his deep black eyes with utmost delight. His lips stretched so as to express his enormous satisfaction. He was certainly the happiest child in the world." SOS Children is dedicated to keeping natural siblings together for life - and Pablo’s story shows us why.
Aldeas Infantiles SOS Argentina
Moreno 1850 5° Piso
Tel: +54/11/5238 3261
Fax: +54/11/5238 3263