Helmut Kutin cut the ribbon among the large circle of friends and patrons of SOS Children's Villages Argentina. The Governor of Córdoba José Manuel de la Sota and his wife, Mayor German Cammerath, and a number of representatives from the youth authorities attended the ceremony. The children, who live in ten family houses at SOS Children's Village Córdoba, also took an active part in the celebrations and were at the forefront.
The SOS Children's Village, which was completed at the beginning of 2000 and is now almost full, is situated ten kilometres from the provincial capital Córdoba in central Argentina. Córdoba has more than 1,2 million inhabitants and lies approximately 700 km west of Buenos Aires. A cultural centre with a historical old town and university, it is also, thanks to its geographical location, an important Argentinean traffic junction.
SOS Children's Villages began its work in Argentina in the seventies. The first SOS Children's Villages were established in Oberá and Mar del Plata on the Atlantic coast. With the new village in Córdoba, Argentina is now home to nine SOS Children's Village facilities, including two youth facilities, two SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools and two kindergartens.