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Due to the increasing number of people migrating to the USA, Europe and big cities, 43 % of the children from the province have been exposed to different risks (domestic abuse, alcoholism, abandonment, child labor and begging). Cases of unwanted pregnancies and out-of-marriage children are also found in this area. Many mothers experiencing these situations are socially pressured and, therefore, many babies are abandoned at birth.

Since state care centers are not available for these children, they are helped by the people living near them. In these cases, material, physical, emotional and affective security is granted. In 2003, Nancy Calle founded Hogar para Todos in Azogues. She had been working for a Belgian social welfare and adoption organization for more than 30 years and decided to donate an inherited house for this cause. From 2006, many children started to be helped in this house.

During eight years, more than 200 children with different age ranges and from different areas have been taken in by this house. Twelve of them were adopted through the national adoption program and the rest are now living with their families.

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Hogar Para Todos

Provide comprehensive care to abandoned children and teenagers or victims of violence so that security and emotional and affective stability are granted.

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Turning 15 is Something to Celebrate!

June, Sunday 21 2015

In Latin America, 15 is a one-of-a-kind birthday. It’s a special celebration where the entire family helps save, gets ready, and looks forward to putting together a beautiful party. It’s not unusual in rural Ecuador for fathers to fatten a pig or chickens specifically for the occasion. The celebration is especially important for girls: symbolically, turning 15 means she is old enough to marry and leave the nest. And even if tradition has changed—and for some the next step is heading to college instead of down the aisle—turning 15 remains an important and widely celebrated rite of passage.


At Hogar Para Todos, it’s no exception! In June, one boarder celebrated her birthday in grand style with the whole family. And what a family! The entire home—nearly 20 people—came dressed to impress to celebrate her special day!

Happy birthday!

Translated by Jennifer Pietropaoli

 



We All Have Enough to Play!

June, Saturday 6 2015

Over the weekend of June 6-7, the Hogar Para Todos Foundation welcomed two special guests: Silvère et Maëlle, a French couple living in Ecuador for two years, who have created a truly original project: mobile playspaces.

Using recycled materials, they first created board games. Then, in their hometown of Ambato, located two hours south of Quito, they began leading playtimes several afternoons a week with children from marginalized neighborhoods. Any child who wants to borrow a toy is able to do so entirely on their own using a check-out ledger that allows them to take responsibility for themselves.

But that’s not all! In addition to playing, the idea is to show children that they can easily create their own toys using materials they see every day: cardboard, plastic, paper… Using these tools, they give children the opportunity to make their own toys. Furthermore, the couple aims to promote play as a means of communication and instruction within families. This is why they organize evening events where parents are invited to play with their children.

The first weekend of June, the couple came as far as Azogues, with their backpacks on their shoulders, to provide playtime for children and youth in foster care. Saturday and Sunday, the children were able to play with toys that had been brought, but also to make their own new toys! And the adults weren’t left out! The new toys are now at the foster home and children and adults alike are able to take advantage every day.

The experience was a wonderful moment of exchange, sharing, laughter, and creativity, proving once and for all that with or without a fortune, we all have enough to play!

Translated by Jennifer PietroPaoli

 



A beautiful meeting at Hogar Para Todos: adopted 12 years ago, a young man comes back to teach music to the children in foster care!

June, Monday 1 2015

Twelve years ago, Nancy Calle, the founder of Hogar Para Todos, worked for a Belgian NGO. From Ecuador, she arranged the adoption of Ecuadorian children by Ecuadorian and European couples. Among tens of other children, she helped Pedro, who was adopted by a Dutch couple.

Since then, she has created Hogar Para Todos, an association which welcomes Ecuadorian children, either abandoned or temporary placed in foster care, before reintegrating their families. And since then, Pedro has grown up! Today, he is 15, studies and plays music. With his adoptive parents, he has come and spent one month to the foundation, supporting daily activities and, above all, proposing music lessons to the children, to their greatest pleasure.


His arrival and presence have been, for many children, a very high point, and his goodbye party was quite moving. To Nancy’s great surprise, Pedro announced during the party that he had been collecting 1500 Euros for the foundation, playing music and using crowdfunding!

He promised to come back, and he left behind very beautiful memories for the children!

Translated by Lucie Gil



Children from Hogar para Todos visit Cuenca!

April, Saturday 11 2015

On Saturday 11 April, the children from the Hogar para Todos foyer were invited by the municipality of Cuenca to take part in the celebrations marking the founding of the town. It turned out to be a relaxing and interesting day in this magnificent colonial town with visits to the museum of the central bank of Ecuador, the planetarium and the archaeological site of Pumapungo.

 For these children from all parts of the country, such an excursion is the opportunity to get to know the heritage of their country, but also to take advantage of a day unlike their normal routine! To round off this wonderful day they enjoyed a delicious meal provided by one of the town's restaurants.

Translated by Jane Davis

 



A Christmas Feast!

December, Wenesday 24 2014

The children and association were showered with gifts this Christmas! A group of Ecuadorian migrants from Chicago held a fundraiser on December 6 and raised enough funds to build two new bunk beds. A carpenter from Azogues performed the construction.

Another group of migrants, from New York, visited the children on December 23 bearing gifts. They also donated $2,000 to pay for last year’s medical needs. The morning the migrants arrived, they sang and played music for the children, who took to dancing to the beat. Then after a convivial feast, Santa appeared! He gave each child a personalized gift, such as warm clothing in the right size, sweets and toys.

On Christmas Eve, the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion invited the children to a festival complete with music, theater and a life-sized Nativity scene. Throughout the day, residents of Azogues and representatives from the Ministry came by to donate goods to the association, including fruit, candy, milk, sugar and rice.

For many children, what is supposed to be a time of family gatherings can instead be a stark reminder of a missing mother or father. But smiles of joy were abundant this Christmas!

Translated by Andie Ho

 



¡Ecuadorean Migrants Come Together for Hogar Para Todos!

December, Friday 5 2014

In November, a group of Ecuadorean migrants led by Angel Zumba, born in Azogues, came together to collect donations for the charity Hogar Para Todos. They also organized an awareness campaign using videos clips broadcast on television and the internet.

On December 6, a benefit concert will be held in Chicago to collect financial and material donations for the Hogar Para Todos. Donations of Christmas items are welcome, as well as daily needs such as diapers, food and medicine.

The event will also be an opportunity for Ecuadorean expatriates to experience a taste of home. Attendees can sample traditional Ecuadorean dishes, play a round of bingo and dance to the rhythm of the cumbia.

There will be performances by multiple artists, including an Ecuadorean folk group, a cumbia singer, a variety singer and even a Mexican mariachi band. Proof that solidarity knows no borders!

Translated by Andie Ho

 

 




Ten kilometers to help “Hogar para Todos”

November, Sunday 24 2013

In 2013, the association Hogar para Todos suffered a significant decrease of revenue following the reorganization of public agencies.  Far from becoming discouraged, they invited the citizens of Azogues and its surrounding areas to joint them for a lively, athletic Sunday.  Almost a thousand people turned out for this noble cause.

On the program: food festival, music and dance shows, popular games, best-costumed dog competition, and also the presence of the National Police helicopter, which enchanted both young and old.  The most athletic laced up their sneakers!  The youth ran a 5k course, and 140 people in total proudly finished the notorious 10k!

Congratulations to all of the participants for their energy, and thanks to all those who have supported, are supporting, and will continue to support “Hogar para Todos.”

Translated by Julie Yelle



Christmas for the children of Casa Hogar

December, Saturday 22 2012

This magnificent day started in the wee hours of December 22, 2012.  First of all, the children dressed up as different characters from the nativity scene.  They then did the same with a car, transformed into Santa’s sled for the occasion, with which they paraded proudly in the streets of Azogues.

As tradition dictates, the entire team then headed to the San Francisco Church to attend Christmas mass. The presence of 30 children was a pleasant surprise for many worshippers who were not accustomed to that.  Once over, the cherubs hurried to come back to the foundation premises where an exceptional meal awaited them.  Indeed, thanks to the generous sponsor’s donation, the staff was able to buy a whole pig to share with everyone. With bellies full, the participants enjoyed Christmas games and songs during the afternoon program until they stopped from exhaustion!

Finally, on the morning of the 25th, each of the 30 children in the foundation’s care found upon awaking a gift bearing their name under the tree.  “It was magnificent to see.  It is really that, the magic of Christmas,” Christian Delgado, the association’s psychologist, confided to me.



Groundwork laid for collaboration between two UODP network associations

August, Tuesday 7 2012

Two members of the Une Option de Plus team visiting Azogues participated in the first meeting between the association Hogar Para Todos and the Rosa Elvira de León nursing home. Cecilia, who teaches the oldest children, and Gabriela, an occupational therapist working on early stimulation for the youngest children in the Hogar Para Todos home, met with Fernando (the president of Rosa Elvira de León), Piedad (vice president) and Marlene (director). Lucile, a volunteer nutritionist working on various missions with both associations, was also present.

Although both associations are located in the same town, neither was familiar with the other. Une Option de Plus believed that they could learn a lot from each other by forming a partnership.

Following the visit to the Rosa Elvira de León center, an introduction to each association’s activities and each meeting participant’s position, and a short presentation by UDOP on its goal of galvanizing the network of associations in Ecuador, both associations decided to create a schedule of meetings and activities. The first topic at hand was a vegetable garden, one of the projects undertaken by Lucile, the volunteer nutritionist.

The aim is to invite children to garden alongside elderly people in order to teach the two groups – most of whom have or have had nutritional issues – the importance of eating well, to promote contact between these often isolated groups, and to give them a sense of purpose through their work in the garden.

Rosa Elvira de León offered to make available a plot of land belonging to the association. A municipal gardener was contacted who will provide plans and will advise the project during future gardening sessions. Organizational plans were drawn up for scheduling and bilateral purchases. 

Other activities, such as festive events (birthday parties, children’s shows, hands-on activities) were also planned for the weeks to come. The staff were very pleased with these activities and recognized the potential advantages for each association.

It was also noted that the collaboration would help bridge the generation gap between the beneficiaries of each association. To be continued…

Two members of the Une Option de Plus team visiting Azogues participated in the first meeting between the association Hogar Para Todos and the Rosa Elvira de León nursing home. Cecilia, who teaches the oldest children, and Gabriela, an occupational therapist working on early stimulation for the youngest children in the Hogar Para Todos home, met with Fernando (the president of Rosa Elvira de León), Piedad (vice president) and Marlene (director). Lucile, a volunteer nutritionist working on various missions with both associations, was also present.

 

Although both associations are located in the same town, neither was familiar with the other. Une Option de Plus believed that they could learn a lot from each other by forming a partnership.

Following the visit to the Rosa Elvira de León center, an introduction to each association’s activities and each meeting participant’s position, and a short presentation by UDOP on its goal of galvanizing the network of associations in Ecuador, both associations decided to create a schedule of meetings and activities.

The first topic at hand was a vegetable garden, one of the projects undertaken by Lucile, the volunteer nutritionist.

The aim is to invite children to garden alongside elderly people in order to teach the two groups – most of whom have or have had nutritional issues – the importance of eating well, to promote contact between these often isolated groups, and to give them a sense of purpose through their work in the garden.

Rosa Elvira de León offered to make available a plot of land belonging to the association. A municipal gardener was contacted who will provide plans and will advise the project during future gardening sessions.

Organizational plans were drawn up for scheduling and bilateral purchases.

 

Other activities, such as festive events (birthday parties, children’s shows, hands-on activities) were also planned for the weeks to come.

Two members of the Une Option de Plus team visiting Azogues participated in the first meeting between the association Hogar Para Todos and the Rosa Elvira de León nursing home. Cecilia, who teaches the oldest children, and Gabriela, an occupational therapist working on early stimulation for the youngest children in the Hogar Para Todos home, met with Fernando (the president of Rosa Elvira de León), Piedad (vice president) and Marlene (director). Lucile, a volunteer nutritionist working on various missions with both associations, was also present.

 

Although both associations are located in the same town, neither was familiar with the other. Une Option de Plus believed that they could learn a lot from each other by forming a partnership.

Following the visit to the Rosa Elvira de León center, an introduction to each association’s activities and each meeting participant’s position, and a short presentation by UDOP on its goal of galvanizing the network of associations in Ecuador, both associations decided to create a schedule of meetings and activities.

The first topic at hand was a vegetable garden, one of the projects undertaken by Lucile, the volunteer nutritionist.

The aim is to invite children to garden alongside elderly people in order to teach the two groups – most of whom have or have had nutritional issues – the importance of eating well, to promote contact between these often isolated groups, and to give them a sense of purpose through their work in the garden.

Rosa Elvira de León offered to make available a plot of land belonging to the association. A municipal gardener was contacted who will provide plans and will advise the project during future gardening sessions.

Organizational plans were drawn up for scheduling and bilateral purchases.

 

Other activities, such as festive events (birthday parties, children’s shows, hands-on activities) were also planned for the weeks to come.

 

The staff were very pleased with these activities and recognized the potential advantages for each association.

It was also noted that the collaboration would help bridge the generation gap between the beneficiaries of each association. To be continued…

 

The staff were very pleased with these activities and recognized the potential advantages for each association.

It was also noted that the collaboration would help bridge the generation gap between the beneficiaries of each association. To be continued…



Weekend at the beach for the children of Hogar Para Todos

February, Wenesday 8 2012

In August 2011, twenty-five children from the Hogar Para Todos foundation were able to go to General Villamil, better known as Playas.

 

The children – who were taken in after being abandoned or who are temporarily removed from unstable families – traveled for almost four hours before arriving at their getaway destination. A bus on loan from the Regional Council took them to their hotel – an experience most of them had never had. They discovered not only the small joys of staying in such a place, but also the pool, which was wildly popular. Over the weekend, they also visited the nearby beach, enjoying a swim under the supervision of several chaperones, as well as songs and games in the sand.

 

The trip was made possible through resources generated by activities such as small lotteries, donations and especially thanks to the help of two French volunteers.



How you can help

Overview

Ministerial agreement no. 039, granted by the Ministery of Social Wellfare Registration no. 65, December 17, 2003. Ministry of Social and Economic Inclusion MIES/National Institute of Childhood/Children and the Family (INFA)

Azogues, located 35 km north of Cuenca, is the capital of the province of Cañar. This province is famous for its agricultural production in a damp and mountain area. Azogues is a medium-size town with an innovative university and, moreover, a perfect place for sightseeing.

Due to the increasing number of people migrating to the USA, Europe and big cities, 43 % of the children from the province have been exposed to different risks (domestic abuse, alcoholism, abandonment, child labor and begging). Cases of unwanted pregnancies and out-of-marriage children are also found in this area. Many mothers experiencing these situations are socially pressured and, therefore, many babies are abandoned at birth.

Since state care centers are not available for these children, they are helped by the people living near them. In these cases, material, physical, emotional and affective security is granted. In 2003, Nancy Calle founded Hogar para Todos in Azogues. She had been working for a Belgian social welfare and adoption organization for more than 30 years and decided to donate an inherited house for this cause. From 2006, many children started to be helped in this house.

During eight years, more than 200 children with different age ranges and from different areas have been taken in by this house. Twelve of them were adopted through the national adoption program and the rest are now living with their families.

Avenida 24 de mayo 001 - Panamericana Norte, Azogues

Azogues

Landline: (00 593) / 07 22 40 486 Nancy CALLE: (00 593) / 09 98 65 53 72

Ms. Nancy Calle: c-hogarparatodos@hotmail.es

The home is chaired by Mrs. Nancy Calle, a very involved Ecuadorean, who is supported by a great staff: five kindergarten teachers, ten community mothers, a social educator, a psychologist, a social worker, an accountant and a director. They are also supported by international volunteers coming from One More Option and Weltwärts, as well as by interns specialized in psychology and nursery.

Provide comprehensive care to abandoned children and teenagers or victims of violence so that security and emotional and affective stability are granted.

- Ensure the integration of children in their families or in an adoptive family.
- Allow the balanced development of the children and teenagers living in the house.

Children who have been abandoned or must be helped urgently are taken in by this center. During their stay, they go to school, are provided academic support and participate in educational and stimulating activities every day. They have a balanced diet provided by the “community mothers” who care for these children all the time. The youngest follow an early stimulation session every day while the oldest are immersed in a responsibility process through their participation in the daily tasks of the House.

For those children whose natural family is unknown, a research is conducted with the support of the authorities and the local media to determine if their family reintegration is possible. If this is not possible and their parents legally waive their rights or if a decision is made by the juvenile judge, an adoption procedure can be started.

Although the chances of adoption are delayed by the complexity of the legalization processes of family abandonment and adoptability, there are many cases of family reintegration.

Around 40 and 50 children are taken in by the center every year for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.

According to the staff, two groups of children can be found: residents, who have no natural family known or have not returned to live with them, and non-residents, who are in a transitional period.
The association pays special attention to sibling groups so that they can be together.

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