Children 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 Children's Villages 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 de 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.
Aldeas Infantiles SOS Argentina
Moreno 1850 5° Piso
Tel: +54/11/5238 3261
Fax: +54/11/5238 3263