Our Affiliated Project: The Hogar San Gabriel in Montevideo, Uruguay

Quick facts about the Chandrakal Boarding Home:

  • Ages served: 3 – 15
  • Facility Description: A one-story building including classrooms, a kitchen and a dining room, with a large playground outside.
  • Education and daycare: School-aged children attend local public schools where they receive instruction in core academic subjects. After school they come to the center to do homework and to participate in educational and recreational activities. Children too young to attend school receive care in a nurturing, protective environment at Hogar San Gabriel during the day while their parents work.
  • Academic year: Typically begins in March and ends in mid-December. Students enjoy summer break from mid-December through the first week of March as well as a short winter break in July.
  • Nutrition: The nuns at Hogar San Gabriel provide the children with a nutritious breakfast, some lunch and sometimes a snack to take home with them.
  • Medical care: Children’s health is closely monitored. Medical attention is provided free of charge at a local government hospital when the need arises.

Wedged between the hilly uplands of southern Brazil and Argentina’s flat pampas, Uruguay is truly a nation of contrasts. Its miles of gently rolling pastures fuel the nation’s livestock-based economy, but they also belie a turbulent history. This second-smallest South American nation has wobbled between alternating periods of stability and volatility, riddled with coups, invasions, dictatorships and civil wars.

Despite a progressive political record, Uruguay still grapples with high unemployment, rising inflation and rampant crime. These problems are most pronounced within the nation’s capital. The sprawling port city of Montevideo serves as Uruguay’s economic and political center — about a third of the nation’s total population lives here. Despite its large, well-educated middle class, nearly 200,000 of Montevideo’s residents live in slum conditions, lacking proper sanitation and access to such basic amenities as running water and electricity. In one such slum area of Montevideo, Hogar San Gabriel serves as a beacon of hope for impoverished children. The center offers these deserving children the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and rise above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances from which they come.

Quick Facts about uraguay: 

  • Population: 3,360,148 (2018 est.).
  • Languages Spoken: Spanish (official) and Portuñol/Brasilero (a Portuguese-Spanish mix, spoken primarily near the Brazilian border)
  • Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (2017)
  • Poverty Rate: 11.5% (2017)

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