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1) La Ciudad de los niños’s structure and functionning


A. Its Structure
Arriving in La Ciudad de los niños we were shocked at how great ans organized the building was. Stretching on 20 ha, the oprhanage welcomes 330 children (from 3 to 18) divided into 9 houses depending on their ages. These 9 houses are well-equiped : bedrooms, a bathroom and a joint room where toys and books are kept.

All meals are served in a big canteen that can receive up to 800 people.

Apart from the housing, the orphanage is composed of:
- a cafeteria for children and their families
- administrative offices
- a little hospital with different services ( general practice, dental surgery, X-ray)
- a pen for animals (hens, chickens and pigs)
- a vegetable garden and a vineyard
- several workshops: thus we have visited the garage, masonry work and the clothing work where children’s clothes and shoes are made.
- playgrounds for children
- a church

B. Its functionning
Directed by Brother Hugo Morales, about 50 people work in La Ciudad. Furthermore, a team of Capuchin friars is in charge of supervising the children’s activities whithin the orphanage.
When friars acquired La Ciudad in 1992, it was in an appalling state, both on a financial level and on a moral level. Thanks to everybody’s work the orphanage succeeded in becoming not only a haven of peace for these children coming from shantytowns, but also a great means of reinstatement.

Even though a lot of work has been done so far, La Ciudad doesn’t reveive any grant from the government; it survives thanks to some international charities’ donations, and also thanks to the support of foreign volunteers. These volunteers, mainly from Norway, Germany and England generally come to La Ciudad to work there for free for some months.

The orphanage also uses its own ressources to provide for itself. The bakery, the vegetable garden, the breeding of animals and the workshops (clothing work for children, making of furniture for the orphanage) all serve the children first. However the structure also opens up to exchange market. That way, pigs, eggs, panettoni, shoes and wooden furniture etc... are sold.

Image 1 sur 25 – 01) Arrivée à la Ciudad de los niños

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Image 3 sur 25 – 03) le kiosque-cafétéria

Image 4 sur 25 – 04) la maison des plus petits

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Image 6 sur 25 – 06) les chambres

Image 7 sur 25 – 07) le réfectoire

Image 8 sur 25 – 08) l’atelier de confection des vêtements

Image 9 sur 25 – 09) l’atelier de couture

Image 10 sur 25 – 10) l’atelier de maçonnerie

Image 11 sur 25 – 11) la formation des enfants à la maçonnerie

Image 12 sur 25 – 12) une salle de consultation médicale

Image 13 sur 25 – 13) les soins dentaires, un matériel vétuste

Image 14 sur 25 – 14) une salle de “l’hôpital”: le manque de matériel

Image 15 sur 25 – 15) la pharmacie

Image 16 sur 25 – 16) la boulangerie

Image 17 sur 25 – 17) l’atelier de confection des chaussures

Image 18 sur 25 – 18) l’atelier de confection des chaussures

Image 19 sur 25 – 19) Elizabeth une jeune volontaire anglaise

Image 20 sur 25 – 20) visite de l’enclos des cochons

Image 21 sur 25 – 21) les cochons destinés au commerce extérieur

Image 22 sur 25 – 22) les poulets déstinés à la consommation de l’orphelinat

Image 23 sur 25 – 23) les chaussures confectionnées à la Ciudad

Image 24 sur 25 – 24) le commerce extérieur: vente des cochons

Image 25 sur 25 – 25) le commerce extérieur: vente du panettone

Today , La Ciudad is into debts and has to find other ressources so as to continue welcoming children in a nice environment, and so as to set up new projects. Two of them have drawn our attention in particular:
- If some work has been made in most of the houses where the children live, 2 have to be re-built completely because of safety and hygiene reasons.
- The medical structure inside the orphanage lacks means. The equipment is outdated and the 2 phycisians lack financial means to cure the children’s different diseases. This very issue usually occurs when the children come or come back to La Ciudad after a 2-months summer holiday with their families in the shantytowns for instance.

Whithin the months to come we will determine with Brother Hugo Morales how we can take part in one of these 2 projects.

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2) La vie des enfants - The children’s life - La vida de los niños - La vita dei bambini.

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