Children in Paraguay
In the streets of the Paraguayan capital, Asunción, tens of thousands of children work as shoe-blacks or newspaper vendors, often to supplement the family income.
Most of them are completely neglected and suffer from malnutrition, parasites and anaemia.
Over a tenth of Paraguayan children are malnourished.
Our Children's Villages in Paraguay
We began working in Paraguay in 1970. Today, we help the country’s most vulnerable children in our six SOS Children’s Villages. Our SOS Village in Panambi is specially adapted for children with physical disabilities. Across these six locations, we run numerous programmes to help the wider community.
SOS Children's Village Hohenau, the first Village built in Paraguay, is 400 km from Asunción in an area of virgin forest gradually being cleared by settlers. It is home to over 180 children in its 16 family houses and one SOS youth home, and there is a farm catering for the Village's needs and providing vocational training opportunities.
Because of the lack of medical facilities in the area, an SOS medical centre was established in 1978 which provides basic medical care and maternity services for the local population.
SOS Children's Village Asunción was built in 1982 and now has 16 family houses and two SOS youth homes which are home to over 160 children and young people. In response to local needs, there is an SOS school providing primary and secondary education.
An SOS vocational training centre teaches hairdressing skills. Social welfare facilities include a daycare centre and a community outreach programme supporting local families through various projects, including a soya milk production scheme.
We opened our third community in Paraguay in 1989. SOS Children's Village San Ignacio is 225 km from Asunción in a poor rural area that has suffered extensively from disastrous droughts. It has ten family houses and two SOS youth homes. There is also an SOS nursery which is open to children from the neighbourhood.
After nursery, the SOS children attend the local schools. The SOS mother and child Clinic at San Ignacio provides valuable medical care and maternity services for the local population in an area where health services are virtually non-existent, handling over 25,000 patients a year.
Close to San Ignacio is SOS Children's Village Panambi community for children with special needs, where there are eight family houses for up to 60 handicapped children who come from all over Paraguay, particularly the rural areas. As it is so close to San Ignacio, the children can be integrated and medical care is also available.
Rehabilitation rooms, workshops, a nursery, school and a swimming pool ensure that the children at Panambi are cared for according to their special needs and that their development is furthered in every possible way. An SOS school of Nursing is also part of the project at Panambi.
In 1997 we opened our fifth SOS Children's Village in a residential working class area in the town of Luque, about 10 km from Asunción. SOS Children's Village Luque has 12 family houses, an SOS school providing primary and secondary education for the local community. An SOS vocational training centre, established in 2000, provides courses in IT, English, accounting, hairdressing, massage techniques and cooking for over 300 students.
SOS Children's Village Belén near Concepción opened in 2002. It has 12 family houses which are home to 110 children. Other facilities include an agricultural SOS vocational training centre and an SOS medical centre providing maternity services and treatment for around 25,000 mothers and children a year.
Oficina Nacional SOS Paraguay
Tel: +595/21/227 345
Fax: +595/21/22 73 45