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Sponsoring a Child in Venezuela

 

SOS relies on the kindness and generosity of Canadians to be able to provide a home for the most vulnerable children of Venezuela. 

(You will receive a Canadian charitable tax receipt)

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For just $36/month you can sponsor a child in Venezuela and help provide an orphaned or abandoned child with:

  • A safe and nurturing home
     
  • A loving SOS mother
     
  • Quality education
     
  • Healthcare
     
  • Nutritious food
     
  • Clothing and toys
     
  • All the things necessary for a bright future
Area
912050 km2
Capital City
Caracas
Climate
Tropical
Ethnicities
Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Population
30.41 mil
Religions
Nominally Roman Catholic

How Your Child Sponsorship Helps

SOS Children's Villages in Venezuela

 

At present, SOS Children's Villages is supporting children and young people in three different locations by providing day care, education, vocational training and medical assistance. SOS Children's Villages also started to operate SOS Family Strengthening Programs in 2002, which enable children who are at risk of losing the care of their family to grow up within a caring family environment. To achieve this, SOS Children's Villages works directly with families and communities to empower them to effectively protect and care for their children, in cooperation with local authorities and other service providers. Children whose parents cannot take care of them will find a loving home in one of the SOS families.

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Our Number

Venezuela
CHILD LABOUR
CHILD LABOUR
7.90%
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
76
CHILD MALNUTRITION RATE
CHILD MALNUTRITION RATE
18.30%
INFANT MORTALITY
INFANT MORTALITY
14.9 per 1,000
ORPHANED
ORPHANED
480,000
CHILD POVERTY RATE
CHILD POVERTY RATE
25.40%
Canada
CHILD LABOUR
CHILD LABOUR
#N/A
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
82
CHILD MALNUTRITION RATE
CHILD MALNUTRITION RATE
#N/A
INFANT MORTALITY
INFANT MORTALITY
5.2 per 1,000
ORPHANED
ORPHANED
45,000
CHILD POVERTY RATE
CHILD POVERTY RATE
8.80%

Our Impact

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The SOS Children's Village in Venezuela provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
3 VILLAGES 223 Orphaned and Abandoned Children
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The SOS Youth Facilities in Venezuela provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
3 YOUTH FACILITIES 81 Youths in our Care
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SOS Vocational Training Centres in Venezuela provide young adults from our youth centres, SOS villages and the surrounding community with the skills they will need to secure reliable employment. They provide realistic job opportunities for the future and an avenue to independence.
1 VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES 36 Youth and adult students
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SOS Social Centres in Venezuela aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
4 SOCIAL CENTRES 3970 Beneficiaries

Our Impact

SOS Village Icon
VILLAGES
The SOS Children's Village in Venezuela provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
3
VILLAGES
223
Orphaned and Abandoned Children
SOS Youth Care Program Icon
YOUTH FACILITIES
The SOS Youth Facilities in Venezuela provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
3
YOUTH FACILITIES
81
Youths in our Care
SOS Vocational Training Icon
VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES
SOS Vocational Training Centres in Venezuela provide young adults from our youth centres, SOS villages and the surrounding community with the skills they will need to secure reliable employment. They provide realistic job opportunities for the future and an avenue to independence.
1
VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES
36
Youth and adult students
SOS Social Centre Icon
SOCIAL CENTRES
SOS Social Centres in Venezuela aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
4
SOCIAL CENTRES
3970
Beneficiaries
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Hermann Gmeiner's children's charity idea reached Venezuela in the late 1970s. The first SOS Children's Village "La Cañada" went into operation in 1978 in the Maracaibo region. Since then, the organisation's activities in the country have constantly been widened. At present there are three SOS Children’s Villages, SOS Youth Facilities at three locations, two SOS Kindergartens, one SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, one SOS Vocational Training Centre and SOS Social Centres at four locations.

Some facts about Venezuela

 

Throughout the 19th century, Venezuela was marked by political turmoil and dictatorships. The discovery of massive oil deposits in Lake Maracaibo in the early 20th century transformed the country's economy and had a significant impact on Venezuela's weight in the global political arena. 

 

The remodelled 26th constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was introduced in 1999 and is the very first Venezuelan constitution approved by popular referendum. It is one of the most participative constitutions in the world, significantly expanding the civil and political rights of all Venezuelan citizens, including the country's historically disadvantaged indigenous population. 

 

Over recent years, the Venezuelan government has sought to strengthen cultural, political and economic ties in the region. By creating ALBA, the "Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas", Venezuela and Cuba introduced a less market-driven alternative to ALCA ("Free Trade Area of the Americas"), a free trade agreement proposed by the United States of America.

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A drop in poverty

 

The share of people facing a life in poverty has dropped significantly from nearly 50 per cent in the year 2000 to around 27 per cent in 2009. Social spending noticeably increased over the same period of time. The Venezuelan government has launched a wide range of social welfare and anti-poverty programs, including the provision of free health care to the poor ("Misión barrio adentro") in addition to literacy, housing, environmental and educational initiatives. However, urban poverty is still fairly widespread and a large number of Venezuelans are forced to eke out an existence washing car windscreens at traffic lights or selling merchandise in the streets of Caracas.

 

Thousands of people are without permanent access to electricity and water in the hills of the country's capital, where the murder rate exceeds that of nearly any other city in Latin America. In spite of governmental efforts to address the crime in certain neighbourhoods of Caracas, crime rates are still soaring. The country's health and education programs have noticeably improved health and literacy indicators. While many other countries are still struggling to reach the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Venezuela has made much progress and a great majority of the goals have already been achieved five years before the deadline.

Situation of the children in Venezuela

 

Present-day Venezuela is home to an extremely young population: roughly 30 per cent of its citizens are under the age of 14. In Venezuela, an estimated 480,000 children are orphans. Many of them grow up in dysfunctional families or without a caring family environment at all.

 

Child labour - often a direct consequence of parental neglect and orphanhood - is still an issue in modern Venezuela. A high number of children between 10 and 15 years of age are engaged in child labour activities. Most of these children do not attend school. However, recent efforts to fight child and adolescent labour have noticeably reduced the number of working children in Venezuela. According to the Economic Commission for Latin America and UNICEF, the prevalence of child labour in Venezuela is now lower than in any other Latin American country.

 

A child who is forced to work and does not go to school is vulnerable to social exclusion and discrimination. Child labour is often the cause for poverty later in life: an early integration of a child into the labour market will result in a lower income once the child becomes an adult. As a result of Venezuela's remodelled constitution from 1999, a number of changes have shaped the legal and institutional framework of the country. The Venezuelan government has significantly increased social spending and child-related matters have become a governmental priority: various programs for the protection of children and adolescents, particularly focusing on children from indigenous communities, have been implemented.

 

Pre-Primary, primary and secondary school enrolment figures have noticeably increased over the past decade. Primary school enrolment in Venezuela is now at nearly 92 per cent compared to an astoundingly low 82 per cent in 1995. Infant mortality rates have also dropped in Venezuela but maternal mortality remains high. Notwithstanding governmental programs to protect the youngest segment of its population, roughly one in five Venezuelan children under the age of five still faces undernourishment.