HelpAge global network members in Latin America and the Caribbean

HelpAge global network members in Latin America are based in:

Antigua | Argentina | Barbados | Belize | Bolivia | Chile | Colombia | Costa Rica | Dominica | Dominican Republic | Grenada | Haiti | Jamaica | Montserrat | Peru |  Saint Lucia | Suriname


Antigua:

St. Vincent de Paul Antigua

Established in 1974, the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is a non-governmental organisation inspired by Catholic values.

It was created to enable men and women to grow spiritually by offering services to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder the Venerable Frederick Ozanam and Patron St Vincent de Paul.

Email: svpdio@candw.ag

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Argentina:

Fundación ISALUD

Contact: Silvia Gascón
Email: sgascon@isalud.edu.ar and sgascon@speedy.com.ar 
Website: www.isalud-edu.ar

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Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina

Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) was established in 1894 as a Jewish community centre with a mission to strengthen the basic principles of democracy and pluralism. AMIA is a centennial organization whose actions are driven by the notions of inclusion and participation in Argentinean society.

AMIA's main areas of work include campaign and advocacy, capacity building, programme delivery and service provision. They work on a number of thematic areas including health and care, rights and social protection education programmes, volunteer services, disability, cultural activities, community services, employment services, etc. Older people are one of the key target groups of AMIA. Through a multidisciplinary approach, projects are carried out to ensure seniors citizens a life with dignity.

In 2006, AMIA inaugurated an integral elderly care centre that provides a range of services including: daytime assistance and recreational, cultural, educational and therapeutic activities. Other services include: home delivery of meals, transport, family counselling, social assistance, healthcare, as well as pension and legal advice.

AMIA also got close links with the Argentinean Government and is working with them to develop programmes for older people. They also have close links to other civil society groups, NGOs and Academia. They are working closely, with longstanding Affiliate, ISALUD.

AMIA has led the ADA campaign in Argentina. They became a network member in 2014.

Email: gabramovich@amia.org.ar
Website: www.amia.org.ar

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Barbados:

HelpAge Barbados

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Belize:

HelpAge Belize

HelpAge Belize was established in 1984 as the National Committee on Ageing. In 1985, they changed their name to HelpAge Belize, when the organisation became a partner of HelpAge International.

HelpAge Belize works to empower older people by securing services and creating an environment that enables older to live dignified lives. They develop links between generations and assist older people who are living in poverty through Meals on Wheels and Food Package programmes.

HelpAge Belize also does advocacy work to ensure state agencies provide services to older people. These agencies include government departments, as well as statutory boards responsible for administering pensions to older people.

In 2011, HelpAge Belize used the ADA Campaign to lobby the Belize Social Security Board to expand the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHI) to reach older people in three new districts.

Email: helpage@btl.net or evandakers@yahoo.com

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Bolivia:

Fundación Horizontes / Horizons Foundation

Horizons Foundation was created in 1996. The last 15 years, they have been working for the older population of Bolivia. Horizons Foundation has developed many projects in several districts of Bolivia.

Its vision is to achieve a change in the attitudes of the Bolivian society towards older people and develop projects with strategic partners and comprehensive care programmes for vulnerable and poor older persons.

Their work areas are: Human Rights, social protection, income and livelihoods, health and social insurance, influencing public policy, building older people's organisations, research and information, prevention of natural disasters and climate change, cultural integration and gender.

Their main strategic partners are the Older People National Association of Bolivia (ANAMBO). In 2011, Horizons Foundation became a HelpAge global network member.

Email: direccionejecutivafh@gmail.com and f_horizontes@acelerate.com

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Pro Vida Bolivia

Provida Bolivia develops new ideas to protect, conserve and build the country's natural resources. They also work to improve social welfare in rural communities.

Provida Bolivia believes that to preserve the environment for future generations, all use of natural resources must be rational and sustainable. Their work is grounded in the principles of transparency and honesty and the thorough evaluation of their and their partners' work. Their goals, among others, are to design programmes focusing on education, community involvement and health services.

Provida Bolivia also implements and evaluates research projects on topics including the environment and health. They carry out this work by building and supporting capacity and resources in areas such as agriculture, aquaculture and apiculture.

Email: providalpz@unete.com
Website: www.providabolivia.org

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Sumaj Punchay

Sumaj Punchay is a Bolivian NGO that was founded in 2001. HelpAge International's office in Bolivia has worked with the organisation since 2009 and they have contributed greatly to the Latin American network.

Sumaj Punchay has great influence on research and adaptation of alternative methods to the effects of climate change in Bolivia. They have produced several papers and videos highlighting the contributions and challenges of older people in these situations. Other thematic areas they are working on include livelihoods, food security, access to water, income generation, health and rights.

Among other activities include training and capacity building, programmes and service delivery, fundraising and campaigning and advocacy.

Sumaj Punchay became a HelpAge global network member in 2014.

Email: sumaj-punchay@entelnet.bo or ong.sumaj.punchay@gmail.com
Website: www.ong-sumaj-punchay-bolivia.org

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Chile:

Caritas Chile

Caritas Chile was established in 1956 to raise awareness of older people's issues in local communities in Chile. Their aim was to change the perception of ageing in these communities and among older people themselves.

Caritas Chile promotes social inclusion of older people and advocates for their rights and responsibilities. They work in areas such as health, education and advocacy.

Caritas Chile joined the HelpAge global network in 1989. The two organisations have worked together on several projects, including a programme to support poor older people in the province of San Felipe through citizen participation. Another joint project provided training and support to older women, enabling them to participate more fully as leaders and advisers within their communities. 

In March 2010, Caritas Chile provided food aid to the victims of the earthquake in Chañarla province of Copipo.


Email: adultomayor@caritaschile.org
Website: www.caritaschile.org

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Red de Programas para el Adulto Mayor

Email: elvirafierro@yahoo.es and ngarcia@ubiobio.cl

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Colombia:

Asociación Red Tiempos de Colombia

Red Tiempos de Colombia was established in 2002. They focus on promoting older people's rights, strengthening organisations working with and for older people and changing attitudes towards ageing and older people in Colombia.

For more than 10 years, Red Tiempos has been an active partner of HelpAge in Latin America working on advocacy, policy and legal advice. As a result of this work, issues such as universal social protection are now being discussed in the public arena.

Red Tiempos were very central in the creation of the HelpAge Latin American network, due to their understanding of older people's movement in the region. They have also monitored the Madrid Plan commitments in Latin America.

Finally, Red Tiempos take part in HelpAge's Age Demands Action campaign and became a HelpAge global network member in 2012.

Email: asotiemposdecolombia@yahoo.es

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Fundación Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones del Trabajo (CESTRA)

Is an organisation that builds the capacity of community organisations to strengthen their autonomy, rights knowledge and democratic participation.

Email: cestrafundacion@gmail.com

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Pro Vida Colombia

ProVida Colombia was established in 1974 and works to improve the lives of older people. They play a central role in providing information, advice, training, resources and funding for organisations caring for older people in Columbia.

They develop social welfare programmes to improve the lives of older people by building leadership skills and encouraging participation in community life.

ProVida Colombia also develops programmes in areas such as nutrition and geriatric medicine. In addition, they organise activities to help and enable older people to manage their health. They promote self-care and disease prevention and plan social policies to promote the welfare of older people.

In 1983, ProVida Colombia joined the global HelpAge network.

Email: lmonroy@providacolombia.org  
Website: www.providacolombia.org

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Costa Rica:

Asociacion Gerontologica Costarricense

Established in 1980, Asociacion Gerontologica Costarricense (AGECO) works to improve the lives of older people and promote active ageing in Costa Rica.

The organisation strives for a Costa Rica without age discrimination, where older people can claim their rights and live in a safe society. AGECO promotes older people's participation in society by encouraging older people, families and communities to integrate.

AGECO offers training to institutions, organisations and community groups on topics related to ageing. The aim is to promote new attitudes towards older people and ageing.

AGECO became a part of the HelpAge global network in 1990. Since then it has been an active member of the network and participates in a number of network events including Age Demands Action, regional meetings and the MIPPA +10 review.

Email: agecocr@racsa.co.cr
Website: www.ageco.org

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Dominica:

Dominica Council on Ageing

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Reaching Elderly Abandoned Citizens Housebound

Reaching Elderly Abandoned Citizens Housebound (REACH) was established in 1979 as a NGO that supports some of the most vulnerable older people in Dominica.

REACH provides homecare services such as home visits, bathing, laundry, distribution of food, house repairs and transport to health centres. They also distribute meals on wheels to local villages in order to meet the most basic needs of older people in the area.

So far, REACH's greatest achievement has been securing free medical attention for older people aged over 60 at the local Princess Margaret Hospital. Furthermore, they helped to secure a 50% increase in funding for older people's welfare in the House of Parliament in 2009.

REACH became a partner of HelpAge International in 1985 and an Affiliate in 2004. It has participated in the Age Demands Action campaign and the Sponsor a Grandparent scheme.

Contact:
Email: reach@cwdom.dm
Website: www.reachdominica.org

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Dominican Republic

ALA Dominicana

ALA Dominicana was founded in 1996 and is a national NGO whose mission is to promote and defend the rights of older people to quality of life and age with dignity.

Their main areas of work are:

  1. Campaignining to promote and defend the rights of older people.
  2. Strengthening and developing organisations and networks of older people.
  3. Running programmes of recreational activities and tourism for older people.
  4. Leading emergency and disaster prevention for older people.
  5. Supporting Haitian migrants in legal registration to claim their rights.

ALA Dominica has contributed to social policies and legal regulations to protect older people. They have developed care services by linking families to social and faith-based organisations. ALA Dominicana has also worked to link older people to the income generating activity to support the livelihood of their families.

They coordinate a network of 17 older people's organisations called "Red Por Una Vejez Digna" (Network for Dignified Ageing). This network has run the Dominican Age Demands Action campaign since 2010.

With support from HelpAge International, ALA Dominicana played an important role in the response to the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

After being an implementing and coordinating partner since 1996, ALA Dominicana became a HelpAge global network member in 2014.

Email: simonbolivart@yahoo.com 
Website: www.aladominicana.com

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Haiti:

Haitian Society for the Blind (SHAA)

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Grenada:

Extended Care through Hope and Optimism

Established in 1989, Extended Care through Hope and Optimism (ECHO) was set up to improve the quality of life of older people in the In-Island state of Grenada Carriacon and Petite Martinique.

They joined the HelpAge International network as a partner in 1992 and later became of an Affiliate in 2004.

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Jamaica:

Action Ageing

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St Catherine Community Development Agency 

St Catherine Community Development Agency, (SACDA) is a community based voluntary organisation. They are committed to improving the lives of children, older people and their families as well as strengthening local groups and organisations. Theydo so by promoting participation, self-reliance and sustainable development.

SACDA works in several farming districts in Jamaica and reaches approximately 7,000 people. The communities they work with are underdeveloped due to their remoteness and lack of infrastructure.

SACDA is governed by a board of Directors. The day-to-day operations are the responsibility of the Director who reports to the Board. Three Programme Officers, an Administrative Assistant and an Office Attendant complete the staff. The organisation also has registered members from the communities they work with and is a legal registered organisation.

Email: sacdajm@hotmail.com

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Montserrat:

Old People's Welfare Association

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Peru:

Centro de Asistencia y Promocion Integral de Salud

Centro de Asistencia y Promoción Integral de Salud (CAPIS) works in poor areas of Villa El Salvador in Lima. The organisation was set up to improve the lives of older people who migrated from rural areas to the capital in hope of a better life.

CAPIS focuses on helping older people who suffer from preventable or chronic diseases which hinder their ability to work and participate in family life. They provide health services, including diagnosis and treatment, at local clinics, community centers and other public spaces where older people meet.

CAPIS also runs health campaigns to detect and treat conditions such as hypertension, intestinal parasites and poor nutrition. In addition, they run courses and workshops on nutrition and food preparation, preventative health care, relaxation, exercise and mental health.

Email: elizabethsanchez@speedy.com.ar

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Centro Proceso Social

Proceso Social was one of the first Peruvian partners to work with Helpage International in Latin America in the late 1980s. Over the years, they have made a significant contribution to the promotion of rights of older people in Peru.

The organisation has made a name for itself combining practical income generation projects with older people in the poorest districts of Lima; with very effective lobbying with key Ministries of the Peruvian government. They have provided technical assistance in the design of new policies benefiting older people particularly in the fields of rights and discrimination as well as citizen participation in local governance.

Proceso Social has also worked with older women to increase the number of older women leaders in organisations usually dominated by men. More recently they have been very active in providing technical training to older leaders in pensions, training on microentrepreurship, and provision of socio-legal services to older people suffering from a range of abuses.

Email: martinyaranga1@yahoo.com and carvie23@yahoo.com.mx

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CooperAcción

Established in 1997, CooperAcción is a Peruvian NGO that works in areas including farming, mining and fishing.

Committed to older people, CooperAcción promotes and participates in discussions to influence civil society, business conduct and public policy. Their purpose is to balance environmental, economic and social development with the exploitation of these resources.

In addition, CooperAccion provides research and consultancy work, which involves collaboration with local government, public bodies, social organisations, national and international NGOs and multilateral agencies.

In 1997, CooperAccion became a member of the HelpAge global network.

The two organisations have worked together on a number of projects. In 2001, they carried out a programme which retrained retired fisherman to care and raise quails and their eggs. The project also trained older people in business administration skills and provided a fund to buy and care for quails.

Email: jcuadros@cooperaccion.org.pe  
Website: www.cooperaccion.org.pe

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Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Pesca y Mineria

Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Pesca y Minería (IPEMIN) and HelpAge International started working together in 1989 to promote older miners' and fishermen's rights to basic social services after retirement.

Since then, IPEMIN has grown to be an active member of the HelpAge network. They focus on business training for older workers and raising awareness of ageing issues in the southern and northern Andes.

These initiatives led to new human rights legislation in Peru for older people, including a Law on Older People passed in 2005. IPEMIN has also worked with local older people's associations in over a hundred municipalities to secure funding for projects for older people.

IPEMIN also helped to set up the National Association of Older People (ANAMPER), which represents older people's interests in Peru. IPEMIN has trained the leaders of ANAMPER to advocate for social pensions. In 2011, the government of Peru finally introduced a social pension for the first time.


Email: alarconcarlos@speedy.com.pe

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Peru Coordinating Group for Older People (Mesa de Trabajo)

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Pro Vida Peru

Email: bdeacon@gmail.com

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Saint Lucia:

HelpAge St Lucia/National Council of and for Older Persons

HelpAge St Lucia's mission is to raise awareness of ageing issues and to improve the quality of care, health and conditions in residential homes. They carry out programmes that support older people's livelihoods and age awareness workshops.

The organisation is also committed to extensive research on areas including mental health, abuse and nutrition. The findings are used to advocate for national legislation to improve residential and community based care, guidance on family responsibilities and protection against abuse. 

HelpAge St Lucia works on programmes with over ten NGOs nationally. They have collaborated with social workers to increase community care programmes for older people and have set up home visiting programmes.

HelpAge St Lucia became a partner of the HelpAge network in 1988 and an Affiliate in 2004. The two organisations have worked together on projects such as Age Demands Action and Sponsor a Grandparent.


Email: haslncop@hotmail.com

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Suriname

The National Foundation for Blind Care in Suriname

The National Foundation for Blind Care in Suriname/Nationale Stichting Blindenzorg Suriname (NSBS) is an institute that supports the development of people with visual disabilities and enables them to develop into independent citizens in society.

The organisation was established in 1967 and employs 25 people and 15 volunteers. Their work include provision of education, running care centres, facilitating recreational activities and training in family support.

The day centres are open once a week and focus particularly on older people with visual impairment

NSBS supports older people's access to government services, health care centers and improved transport. They also provide education in computer skills, mobility and orientation, cooking and Braille; a method  used by people who are visually impaired to read and write

NSBS is part of the 'Mira Nos' Network; a network of organisations that are related to the Netherlands and work with visually impaired people. They are also members of Royal Visio of Netherlands, Curaçao (Pro Bista), Aruba (FAVI), Bonaire (FKBO) and Suriname.

They became a HelpAge global network member in 2012.

Email: nsbs.dir@gmail.com

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