"Do not give fish, but teach people how to fish"
The Children of the Andes Foundation is the legacy of service and unconditional love that Papá Jaime founded in 1980, when he decided to bring people out of darkness into light. To date, the Foundation has rescued more than 85,000 children from the sewers and streets and has managed to transform their lives through the Being Methodology.
The story of the Children of the Andes Foundation spans from 1980 to the present day. These are the most important milestones:
Street Work and Rescue Patrols were consolidated as the initial contact with children, an activity that continues today.
A house was set up in the Perseverance neighbourhood to support homeless children, with the help of volunteers.
Legal status is obtained from the ICBF. With this begins a process of building and consolidating the institution.
Children are transferred to the centre in San Cristobal Norte, which today is the administrative headquarters.
The first centre is opened in the city of Manizales, in the La Lina area with places for 100 children.
The Tauramena centre opens to address the problems of children in the region.
President César Gaviria provides the foundation with a house located in the municipality of Cajicá, with places for 50 children.
Children of The Andes London joined the work of the foundation. It has financed Street Work and Protection.
The La Esperanza centre in El Rosal opens, with places for 120 children, protection programme.
Work starts with the graduates from our centres, a programme that continues today.
On October 29 the Cundinamarca Ministry of Education approves the Papá Jaime school which runs at the La Esperanza centre.
The Girasoles centre opens in Manizales, with places for 125 children in the protection programme.
In solidarity with the victims of the earthquake in Eje Cafetero region, we implemented and carried out a one-year attention project in La Tebaida.
The Emergency centre is moved to the Casacorazones centre with places for 30 children. The Colombia centre in Manizales opens.
Emergency Centre for 50 young people is built. SGC Certification is awarded by ICONTEC.
Two welcome and coexistence centres are opened in the areas of Mártires and Bosa, day programme.
At the Mártires and Bosa centres 200 children from 7 to 16 years attend the day programme when they are not at school.
The Nuevo Amanecer house was built to further a programme for children suffering neglect, abuse or violation of their rights.
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