María Ayuda

  • Chile
  • Social pedagogy

General Information

Founded in 1983 by Fr Hernán Alessandri: This initiative offers a home to 1.700 boys and girls in 9 regions in Chile; in addition it is active in Spain, Burundi and Peru. As a Christian social welfare organisation, Maria Ayuda has taken the lead for 30 years in the battle against the abuse of children. The values of Maria Ayuda:

  • Family spirit
  • Personal commitment and achievement
  • Trust in God‘s providence
  • Service
  • Respect and care for the life of others
  • Solidarity

Mission / Vision

Maria Ayuda attemts to give children a positive experience of family life, so that the harm they have suffered through abuse can be healed, and so that the children can be strengthened in their sense of dignity and self-worth.