Ciudad de los Niños is a non-profit institution that currently shelters more than 35 children between the ages of 7 thru 18 and provides them with the opportunity to study from elementary school all the way to college prep. This charitable endeavor seeks to create good citizens, successful professionals and better parents.
Ciudad de los Niños de La Paz was founded by Columbian missionaries on April 20th, 1952. On that day, Father Zelindo Marigo placed the first stone of the Tepeyac Orphanage and San Jose Carpentry Shop. The purpose of these institutions was to provide a home and education for youth with limited opportunities, children without parents or from broken families. In November 1954, Father Carlos Toncini took charge of the institution and successfully completed it in a few short years. Ciudad de los Niños is turning sixty five years old and has been a foundation of moral support, shelter and sustenance for boys and girls who want to get ahead in life and simply be happy. In addition to offering basic education, Ciudad de los Niños gives workshops such as English, computer science, dance, theatre and sports. It has excellent facilities including separate rooms for boys and girls, a kitchen-dining room, game rooms, a conference room (open to the public), sports fields and a botanical garden.
Father Fernando Quezada became headmaster in January 1991 and currently continues to coordinate, care for and leads this foundation “as the father and protector of this enormous family”. The team that collaborates with Father Fernando is made up of two seminaries, four nuns, the institution’s patronage as well as the enthusiastic support from the “Damas Voluntarias” (Volunteer Ladies). They are always looking out for the little ones’ wellbeing while searching for and coordinating donations from public and private enterprises by organizing fundraisers.
It is important to mention that the print shop (also open to the general public) is one of the main motors that pushes and sustains the institution. It helps cover 80% of expenses; the rest is maintained by donations.
Ciudad de los Niños has an official permission to grant tax-deductible receipts for donations. This benefits businesses and tax payers who wish to give either financial aid (HSBC 0977315000 name: Patronato de la Ciudad de los Niños) or nonmonetary donations (clean clothes in good conditions, non-perishables, food, etc.)
More than five of the young people who studied in this institution are now great professionals. People who have undoubtedly obtained a better future for themselves. For this and more reasons the Ciudad de los Niños is and will remain an invaluable institution in the heart of the society of La Paz.
For more information please contact Jose Menegotto, print shop founder, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +52(612) 122 0327 or 122 9595
By: Cindy Tejeda / Marketing Manager / Coldwell Banker Riveras