Amanecer was founded in 1981 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul to provide shelter and new beginnings to the abused, abandonded, and orphaned street children of Cochabamba, Bolivia. The program is intented to promote the physical, intellectual, spirtitual, and social development of these children with the aim of eventually reintegrating them into society with increases self-respect and the ability to maintain themselves economically.
We currently operate 8 homes and one school in Cochabamba:
This facility accepts orphans, abandonded children, adn children at risk between birth and six years of age.
SAYARICUY – (RISE UP)
This facility is a residence for boys coming directly from the street. The children are given shelter, education, counseling and some structure to a previously aimless and dangerous life. They are eventually reunited with families, if possible, or they progress to other levels of the program
MADRE DE DIOS - (Mother of God)
This is a residence for young girls and women with children who are extremely poor and living on teh street or at risk and want to make a better life for themselves and their children.
CASA NAZARETH - (House of Nazareth)
This is the second level of the program for smaller boys who have passed through Sayaricuy. It is a small house with a family atmosphere housing 25 boys between the ages of 6 and 12.
WINAY - (To Grow)
Winy is a house that takes in boys 6 to 11 years old who have no spent much time on the street.
This facility takes boys between ages of 11 to 15 years old.
This house has boys 15 to 18 years of age who are continuing their formal education as well as pursing vocational training.
This facility funcions as a "half-way house" for older boys who are almost ready to leave the program but need a degree of support to transition to society.
SAN VINCENTE SCHOOL
Amanecer operates a special school for the children in the program with the objective of bringing them up to their age level and returning them to a regular school.
Amanecer is constantly accepting application for volunteers, our volunteers are crucial in providing mentoring, support, and love to the children in our homes. We have positions available in each of the homes including, but not limited to: care-giver, child-care, teaching, handy-man work, translation/office work, and tutoring. We ask that all of our volunteers stay for at least 6 months, be 21 or over, and have a working knowledge of Spanish. In exchange for their services Amanecer provides our volunteers with room and board, although asks that the volunteers cover their own travel and visa costs.
If you are interested in volunteering with Amanecer please contact Brian Vetter at firstname.lastname@example.org