Where We Work
Starting with a group of volunteers at Hogar Esperanza in 2004, VE Global (VE) has continued to seek social service partners with similar visions to serve as many children as possible. These residential homes, community centers and schools are where we work towards fulfilling our mission of providing continuity, love and a better future for the children.
The residential homes where we work care for children who have been removed from their own homes by the Chilean family court system due to abuse or neglect. The community centers provide children from the most vulnerable areas of Santiago with after-school activities, homework help, and emotional guidance. VE also works with a school that serves children with special needs and a daycare center for children who live in one of Santiago’s informal settlements.
Refugio de la Misericordia
Founded in 1927, Hogar Refugio de la Misericordia is a group home for pregnant adolescents and adolescent moms and their babies. The girls have been placed in the home by the Chilean family court system. Although the home is partially funded by a Catholic congregation that shares the campus, it happily accepts volunteers from diverse backgrounds. Volunteers at the Refugio have a wide variety of tasks that include playing and helping with the babies, running workshops with and offering emotional support to the moms, and supporting the tías with everyday tasks.
Hogar San Francisco de Regis
Founded in 1967, Hogar San Francisco de Regis, or San Fran, is a residential home that works to restore the rights of girls who have suffered neglect or abuse. San Fran currently cares for 30 girls from the ages of 4 to 20. Although it still has ties to the Catholic Church, San Fran happily accepts VE volunteers who come from diverse backgrounds. VE volunteers at San Fran provide homework help, fun workshops, emotional support, and help with everyday tasks to support the work of the tías.
Hogar Fundación Pléyades
Fundación Pléyades is a small non-profit organization that receives children who have had their basic rights violated. The main goal at Pléyades is to reintroduce these children to a family-like atmosphere where they feel protected and loved.
The home is equipped to receive up to 12 children between 2 and 12 years of age, as it seeks to maintain a familial atmosphere. The children are cared for by an in-house team that counts on the support of volunteers who are willing to connect with the children and motivated by a desire to create positive change in their lives.
Centro Comunitario Mi Club Domingo Savio
Although it was founded as a residential home in 1979, “Mi Club” Domingo Savio is now an exciting after-school community center for about 45 children between the ages of 5 and 14. Located in La Granja, one of the most vulnerable areas of Santiago, Domingo Savio provides a long-term and family-like atmosphere for children without stable living situations to help improve their academic performance and give them a more positive outlook on their futures.
VE volunteers help tías and tíos run workshops in areas such as art, theatre, and carpentry, assist during homework hours, and also run their own cooking, reading, and English workshops, just to name a few.
Colegio Anakena was founded in 1987 as a school for children with speech and language challenges. Since then, the school has expanded to serve children with emotional issues, autism, delayed development and learning disabilities. Located in the La Florida area of Santiago, the school serves more than 150 students between the ages of 3 and 16.
Beyond classroom instruction, Anakena runs workshops that focus on building motor skills, social skills, and also computer skills. VE volunteers who work at Anakena assist the teachers in their classrooms and also implement VE programs including English in Motion and Festival de Arte.