Comprehensive care to children at risk in the city of Medellín

Thirty-five children are looked after in these residences which take on the role of a family

Comprehensive care to children at risk in the city of Medellín Comprehensive care to children at risk in the city of Medellín play

The Bambi Homes Foundation for Child Support, with the collaboration of Fundacion MAPFRE, provides comprehensive support to children ranging in age from birth to five years who are at social risk in the city of Medellín. 35 young children are taken care of in the Bambi Homes. They have been affected by situations of domestic violence, mistreatment, abuse, begging, malnutrition, and, in general, circumstances which arise from extreme poverty.

These homes take in children at risk and provide a recuperation regime aimed at the children’s healthy development. To achieve this, Bambi Homes has a multidisciplinary team formed by a doctor, a nutritionist, social workers, a psychologist, an educator, a nursing assistant and kindergarten teachers.

The work is carried out by joining forces with the children’s families, the State and society. The protection of the children is all-embracing – they are given health care, education, food, leisure and affection. In general, the centers play the role of the family until the multidisciplinary team that serves them, and the children’s own families, feel that they are ready to return home.

The Bambi Homes Foundation for Child Support started in 1985 with the creation of the first home in the city of Cali. Later, the model was copied in the cities of Bogotá and Darién, and a few years later in Medellín. The Homes have operated for over 30 years and more than 13,000 boys and girls have benefited from its projects.