Despite the beautiful landscapes and bustling cities, Argentina has experienced significant political instability and turmoil, especially within the past century. In 2002, Argentina’s economy completely collapsed. As a result, nearly half of the country’s population fell into poverty. According to a recent UNICEF report, 6.3 million children under 18 are living in poverty. Unfortunately, the many challenges that low-income families are faced with also become major risk factors for child labor, abuse, and abandonment.
According to another United Nations Development Program report, Argentina also has an extremely high teen pregnancy rate compared with other countries with comparable socio-economic statistics. With few resources and access to social support, these young mothers are at a higher risk of abandoning their children. Furthermore, the country has dealt with a three-decade-long battle with an HIV/ AIDS epidemic. Deaths by HIV/AIDS and other issues such as violence and human trafficking have also contributed to the orphan crisis in Argentina.
Sierra Dorada Foundation is a non-profit NGO that started more than 20 years ago to help the most vulnerable group of the population. They are devoted to looking after children and adolescents in social vulnerability, who may be victims of negligence, abuse, and violence. Sierra Dorada is driven by a deep sense of purpose, mission, and Christian values to work towards improving the childhood of the province of Córdoba in Argentina. There are more than 80 children currently living in the homes of San Marcos Sierras, Embalse, and El Diquecito, waiting for a better future.
The foundation engages with families, providing assistance in adoption and foster care processes.
In doing so, they support the children and the families, fostering a caring environment where children can flourish and families can heal.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.