In the foothills of the Sierra Chicas lies Córdoba, the capital of the central Córdoba province and the second most populous city in Argentina with 1,4 million inhabitants.
The local population is still suffering from the consequences of the 2002 economic crisis, when almost half of the population fell into poverty. Malnutrition, alcoholism and child abuse spread nationwide – and the COVID-19 pandemic worsened the situation.
Since 2000, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Córdoba.
In the northwest of the country, around Córdoba, 57% of children and adolescents live in poverty, and 11% of them in extreme poverty. Some of these children and young people lose parental car. And some have to work on the streets, a problem visible in Córdoba that suffers from a negative and stigmatised image. They are often explotied, expelled from the streets, and treated as criminals, leading to a criminalisation of poverty itself and promoting marginal and violent survival options. These children and young people need extra support so that they can have hope for the future.
Across the country, 5 out of 10 girls and boys without parental care are subjected to violence and mistreatments; 2 out of 10 suffer neglect or sexual abuses. Some measures and support programmes are in place to help these children, but to ensure their healthy development and future, it is essential that they receive support as soon as they are at risk of losing parental care. With support, it may be possible for the family to stay together. If it is not possible, the child needs a safe environment in which to complete their education and stay on course for a successful adult life.