Issue - November 2007



November 2007
Editorial

In this edition Arnold Brower presents a different view of Frisbee, Walter Sanchez teaches us about the Chonta Palms history, Ross Eventon investigates a Ney Way of living, and Ciudadela SEDEGES, always with dedication to orphan children, opens five new homes...read more...

November 2007

Expansion of Orphanage in Cochabamba

A new challenge for Ciudadela SEDEGES with a commitment to Cochabamba’s needy children.

SEDEGES (Servicio Departmental de Gestion Social, ‘Social Services)’ is an institution that welcomes children and adolescents from diverse institutions in the department of Cochabamba such as DNI (Derechos Internacionales del Niño), the Brigade of Protection to Children and Family, and others.

Nowadays, SEDEGES is responsible for the maintenance of about 84 orphanages in the entire department of Cochabamba. This includes, feeding, educating and caring for the children that arrive to these facilities because of abuse, protection or abandonment. In 2005 SEDEGES decided to change one of these orphanages by piloting a project with a new form of operation, offering a different atmosphere to the children who would come to live in the new orphanage.

Because of this change, the home for children, formerly Alejandro Magno since the 80’s, became Ciudadela SEDEGES. Its first transformation was in 2005 when 4 houses were built. Today Ciudadela SEDEGES houses up to 40 children of different ages whom are abandoned, abused, or in need of help. Ciudadela SEDEGES’ mission of giving the children a home, a substitute mother, and a family model, allows the children to construct affectionate bonds and be provided with the security that they need while recognizing and respecting their family and their cultural roots, and allowing them the opportunity to create a similar family model in the future.

There is a maximum of 12 siblings per house; the ages vary. Boys and girls are mixed together and educated together. They collaborate and assume responsibilities and aspects of daily life which creates an appropriate space for the development of their family relationships.

The Project of Ciudadela SEDEGES started the second phase at the end of last year and finished this past October 6 with the inauguration of 5 other homes. These homes are available for the children who need most care. The orphanage will now house more than 80 children between ages one and 13 years.

For the inauguration, the Governor, Manfred Reyes Villa, attendand the event, and officially opened the new section of the orphanage. In addition to the new homes, the children were given a variety of new toys including bikes which, after a few minor falls and collisions, they seemed to take to with enthusiasm. Later, traditional dancers arrived to entertain the gathering crowd of adults. Picking up a child after a recent head-on while playing, Volunteer Eva Biard expressed her delight at the new developments on site, “This is fantastic for the children who live here already, as they have many new friends and improved amenities. Those coming in now have a welcoming and secure environment in which to grow. It is places like these orphanages that are crucial in alleviating the crisis of abandoned and homeless children in Cochabamba.”

Expansion of Orphanage in Cochabamba
Nowadays, SEDEGES is responsible for the maintenance of about 84 orphanages in the entire department of Cochabamba. This includes, feeding, educating and caring for the children that arrive to these facilities because of abuse, protection or abandonment....
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