Our Affiliated Project: Hogar Medalla Milagrosa in Asunción, Paraguay

 

The following are quick facts about Hogar Medalla Milagrosa:

  • Grade-level served: Preschool – twelfth grade
  • Facility description: An attractive, two-story structure white stucco building in Spanish colonial style, with spacious patios and playing areas.
  • Education: In addition to core academic subjects, instruction emphasizes moral guidance and includes skills such as home economics, tailoring, computer literacy and sewing.
  • Academic year: Typically begins in late February and ends in November. Students enjoy summer break from early December through mid-February, as well as a two-week winter break in July.
  • Boarding: Students may remain at the home until their academic and vocational education is complete and they are ready to join society as happy, healthy and productive citizens.
  • Nutrition: Children receive — and often help prepare — nutritious meals each day.
  • Medical care: Children’s health is closely monitored. Medical and dental care is provided free of charge.

Nestled in the heart of South America, Paraguay comprises an area roughly the size of California, and is characterized by semiarid grasslands, forested highlands, marshlands and rivers. Paraguay boasts a well-preserved indigenous identity and heritage, but a wide range of ethnicities call this small, landlocked nation home, including immigrants from Australia, Germany, Russia, Italy, France and Spain. Paraguay’s rich cultural diversity and wealth of natural resources, however, belie the abject poverty in which the majority of its residents live. Many areas of the country remain underdeveloped, with inhabitants relying on subsistence farming for their livelihood.

Today, one of South America’s poorest nations, Paraguay is plagued by a history of bloody wars with neighboring countries as well as internal political instability, corruption, deficient infrastructure and poverty. Even the sprawling Paraguayan capital, Asunción, is no exception to these maladies. The Hogar Medalla Milagrosa serves as a beacon of hope to the impoverished children of Asunción, most of whom come from the streets or from broken homes where even affording food is a daily struggle.

Founded in 1895 and run by the nuns of the Order of St. Vincent de Paúl, Hogar Medalla Milagrosa serves as a primary school and a boarding home for orphaned or abandoned children. It not only strives to provide for these deserving children’s immediate, basic needs, but also instills moral guidance while equipping each child with a sound education — the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and rising above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances from which they come.

Quick Facts about PARAGUAY:

  • Population: 6,977,341 (2019)
  • Languages Spoken: Spanish (official), Guaraní (official)
  • Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (2017 est.)
  • Poverty Rate: 28.8% (2017 est.)

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