AWC’s Social Services committee operates by meeting on a monthly basis to discuss the needs of each of the foundations listed below. Each of these foundations is paid an unannounced visit to check on the status of the foundation and its facilities, and that it is operating within its mandate.
All funds raised through our annual membership dues, as well as those raised through our activities and events, go towards meeting our yearly commitment to each foundation.
If you’d like to learn more, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Asociación Barranquilla de Caridad
|This is a weekly boarding school for girls ages 5-18. Currently, there are 30 girls staying in the facility. The facility employs 5 people. The girls attend public school in the area and are able to go home to their families on the weekends. They are provided with all meals, school assistance, recreational activities and psychological assistance while at the facility. To supplement their organization, they rent out part of their facility to a preschool and have a store to sell donated items. The AWC provides milk for this organization.This is a home for mentally challenged adult women. Currently there are 58 residents and it is run by an order of Catholic nuns. The AWC provides milk and groceries on a monthly basis for the residents.|
Casa de la Esperanza
|This is a home for mentally challenged adult women. Currently there are 58 residents and it is run by an order of Catholic nuns. The AWC provides milk and groceries on a monthly basis for the residents.|
Fundación Amigos de Jesús y María
This is a preschool for 90 children from 2 to 3 years of age. The teachers are local to the area and have been certified in preschool education. The children are living in a challenging and poor neighborhood. Without the help of this facility, these children may be left at home during the day, alone without food. With the help of the AWC, these children are able to have snacks and lunch at school. For most of these children, the food they receive at school will be the only food they consume during the day. On Saturdays, the facility opens it’s doors to 60 neighborhood children to come play games on the block and read in their small library. Toy and book donations are provided to use during that time. The facility also receives clothing, food and household items from donations. These donated items are then sold in their small store on the weekends to raise money for the facility. The AWC provides milk for this foundation.
|This is a day boarding school for children and young adults with Downs Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. 131 students attend this facility during a given week and the facility employees 30 people. Without the help of this facility, these children would have no where else to go. The cost of caring for a special needs child is prohibitive and most are unable to care for their child and work. This facility not only helps the children with education, physical therapy, psychology, team work and nutrition but additionally educates the families on understanding their child and child’s condition, as well as, accepting their children for who they are. The AWC provides milk for this organization.|
Hogar de la Niña de Veracruz
This is a primary school for children ages 5-14, started by an Italian priest and community of nuns in the Candelaria district. The facility is also a boarding home for 17 of the most needy girls. They live in the facility during the week and some weekends depending on their home situations. The facility also receives clothing, food and household items from donations. These donated items are then sold in their small store to raise money for the facility. The AWC provides milk for this foundation.
Hogar San Rafael Carrera
This is a home for senior citizens run by an order of Catholic Nuns. There are 2 sections – one for people who can afford to pay and the other for those who cannot. The AWC provides powdered milk on a monthly basis for the 105 needy residents.
OPNI – Organización Pro Niña Indefensa
|This is an organization that takes in homeless and needy girls who have been in precarious situations. OPNI has an intake facility in the center of Bogota and will be reopening their larger boarding facility in Guascas soon. The facility is home to 16 girls ages 11-16 which provides a safe environment, education, help with drug detox when necessary, psychological help as well as food and personal needs. This facility helps prepare the girls for re-entry into society. The AWC provides milk for this foundation.|
Proyecto de Vida
|This foundation runs 3 Community Centers with dining rooms, located in Soacha, Ciudad Bolivar and Usaquen. They work with approximately 550 boys and girls from 5 to 16 years of age in the 3 locations, who benefit from supervision and attention in the hours that they are not in school. Most of the children who attend public school in Bogota go only a half day, either in the morning or the afternoon. The centers are a safe haven for the children when not in school. The AWC provides powdered milk on a monthly basis for all the children.|
Victorine le Dieu
|This is a home that was started by a Spanish priest in 2001 with an occupancy of 25 people. Currently, Father Ortega cares for 13 senior citizens, many of whom are terminally ill and would otherwise be homeless if not for this foundation. Father Ortega is an inspiring man who founded this foundation on his own. He has survived cancer three times and still continues to provide for the elderly people on a daily basis.|
The AWC is the only donor to this foundation. Unfortunately, 10 elderly people have passed away this past year. Due to lack of funds their spaces in the house have not been replaced. The AWC provides milk for this foundation.