Child Sponsorship background from Los Aromos, Chile

Children from Los Aromos, ChileSOS Children's Village Los Aromos

Madreselvas, the first SOS Children's Village in Santiago, was built in 1967 on the outskirts of the city. In 1979, a second SOS Children's Village (Los Aromos) was built just two kilometres from Madreselvas. Both SOS Children's Villages have a wonderful view of the Andean mountains.

SOS Children's Village Los Aromos consists of ten family houses that provide up to 80 children with a new, loving home. The SOS Children's Village has a village director's house, a community hall with an administrative unit and function rooms for special events, a swimming pool and an SOS aunts' house (SOS Children’s Village mothers in training, who assist current SOS mothers in their everyday work and stand in for them if they are ill or on holiday).

Other SOS Projects in Los Aromos

The SOS Nursery, which is on the premises of the SOS Children's Village, is also attended by children from the local neighbourhood. It was opened in 2003, and has eight classrooms, a dining room, a crafts room, two kitchens, a playground and a sports ground. Up to 240 preschool children can be supervised here during the day.

Four SOS Youth Homes were established in urban Santiago for young people from SOS Children's Villages Madreselvas and Los Aromos. Up to 36 adolescents can be housed in the facilities for the period of their secondary or vocational education, where a youth educator supervises them as they gradually get used to leading an independent life.