HelpAge global network members in Latin America and the Caribbean

HelpAge global network members in Latin America are based in:

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


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.


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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. AMIA also have close links to other civil society groups, NGOs and Academia. It is working closely, with longstanding HelpAge global network member, ISALUD.

AMIA has led the ADA campaign in Argentina. It became a HelpAge global network member in 2014.


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Fundación ISALUD

The Fundación Instituto de la Salud, Medio Ambiente, Economía y Sociedad (ISALUD Foundation) was established in 1991 in Argentina by Dr. Ginés González García to train professionals and people from the community to plan, evaluate and manage socio-health programs.

ISALUD Foundation provides training in research, development, management, monitoring and assessment of social and environmental policies, and in social policy, health, economics and the environment.

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Fundación Navarro Viola

Fundación Navarro Viola was established in Argentina in 1973 by three sisters who wished to use their family inheritance to support progress in education, social medicine and ageing. It seeks to raise awareness and respond to the challenges and potential of ageing through cultural, artistic, and educational activities for older people, responding to their tastes, interests and needs.

Fundación Navarro Viola helps older people access care, promotes health and disease prevention, and generatea strategies and approaches for building protective environments.

Fundación Navarro Viola became a HelpAge global network member in 2017.



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Fundación SIDOM

Fundación SIDOM is an NGO established in 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The organisation is committed to improving older people’s quality of lives and care thorough research, teaching, technical assistance and consulting. It focuses on promoting quality services and public policies.
The foundation develops services for the evaluating and monitoring care services and helps in the creation of good practice care protocols. The organisation offers training for gerontology assistants.
Foundation SIDOM is a member of the Global Ageing and Long-Term Care Network (GALnet) and became a HelpAge global network member in 2018.
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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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Fundación Oportunidad Mayor

Fundación Oportunidad Mayor was founded in 2002 in Chile by a group of parents and their children to improve the quality of life of older people in the country. It focuses on projects and advocacy that promote active ageing and improve care.

Fundación Oportunidad Mayor became a HelpAge global network member in 2017.



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Red de Programas para el Adulto Mayor

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Asociación Cultural Casa del Niño

Asociación Cultural Casa del Niño (ACCN) is an NGO established in the North Cauca region of Colombia in 1989. It aims to promote the social, economic, political, cultural and environmental wellbeing of communities within Northern Cauca through strengthening processes at community level and promoting citizen-led models. Working with different individuals and groups in these communities, including older people, ACCN adopts an intergenerational approach to sustainable development in implementing its programmes.
ACCN helps older people understand and claim their rights. It strengthens the autonomy of older person’s groups and their ability to interact with and be recognised by other community groups and local authorities, as well as through the implementation of intergenerational projects for older people and their families.
The organisation has increasingly worked with municipalities in the region to influence and support the delivery of services such as the provision of food and health services. ACCN has also been involved in developing livelihood programmes and the Sponsor a Grandparent scheme between 2007 to 2010. 
ACCN became a HelpAge global network member in 2018.
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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.


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Fundación Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones del Trabajo (CESTRA)

Fundación Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones del Trabajo (CESTRA) is a non-profit organisation established in 1985 in Colombia to work with community groups and organisations, especially those related to women, young people and older people. It assists in strengthening knowledge of rights, as well as democratic and citizen participation.

CESTRA is involved in the promotion of public policies, processes and initiatives related to social development. It promotes human rights through education, research, dissemination and income generation projects.


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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 HelpAge global network.


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Costa Rica

Asociación Gerontológica Costarricense

Established in 1980, Asociación Gerontológica 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.


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Dominica Council on Ageing

The Dominica Council on Ageing was established in 1993 to improve the quality of life and campaign on issues affecting older people in Dominica. It coordinates groups across the country that are concerned with the welfare of older people.

The organisation forms senior citizens groups and co-ordinates training courses on violence and abuse, older people’s rights and healthcare. It has a range of outreach programmes, including daycare centres, radio talk shows, and the development of further groups across the country.

Dominica Council on Ageing became a HelpAge Global network member in March 2011.



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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 has been working with HelpAge International since 1985 and became a HelpAge global network member in 2004.


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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.


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NTD Foundation

The NTD Foundation was established in 2010 by NTD Ingredients. It started as a provider of public homes for older people and today focuses on advocacy for older people, social inclusion and income-generating projects. 
The foundation is a leader in the sector, contributing to comprehensive economic and social research, participates in national and regional advocacy initiatives and is an active member of the Central American network Aging with Dignity, supported technical and financially by HelpAge International. Coupled with this, the foundation is also the satellite centre in Central America and the Caribbean for the International Institute for Aging of the United Nation INEA.
NTD Foundation became a member of the HelpAge global network in November 2018. 

El Salvador

Cordes Foundation

Cordes Foundation is a not-for-profit NGO established in 1988 by rural communities in El Salvador to improve the living conditions and socioeconomic development of the country's most vulnerable, including older people. It works on improving human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability.

Cordes promotes the greater participation and social integration of older people, encouraging them to organise and influence policymaking at all levels of government. It works to improve healthcare and establish better programmes of social security and care for older people.

Cordes became a HelpAge global network member in 2013.


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Haitian Society for the Blind (SHAA)

The Haitian Society for the Blind (SHAA) was founded in 1952 to increase visually impaired people's inclusion and participation in Haitian society. The organisation provides assistance in education and healthcare, as well as other areas. It improves access to employment through management training courses, private tutoring and access to schools.

SHAA transcribes text books into Braile and provides training on how to read the writing system. It seeks to reduce the risks of diseases causing blindness in Haiti.


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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.

Extenden Care through Hope and Optimism has been working with HelpAge International since 1992 and later became HelpAge global network member in 2004.

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Action Ageing Jamaica 

Action Ageing Jamaica (AAJamaica) is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that works to tackle age discrimination, promote intergenerational solidarity and buid a society for people of all ages. 

The key areas for AAJamaica are health (including HIV and AIDS social care), disaster risk reduction, building secure incomes, and human rights and justice. It organises community health and information fairs, training for older people to help them stay safe natural disasters, and advice on how to advocate and work with local government to improve policies and services. It runs programmes that focus on teaching older people farming and other skills to help them earn an income. 

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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.


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Old People's Welfare Association

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Centro de Asistencia y Promoción 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.


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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.

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

In 1997, CooperAcción 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.


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Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Pesca y Minería

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.


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Peru Coordinating Group for Older People (Mesa de Trabajo de ONG'S y Afines sobre Personas Mayores -Mesa Perú-)

Mesa Perú was founded in 1992 and as a group of organisations working to improve the quality of life of older people in the country. It has become an important point of reference on the rights of older people and the issues affecting them, and works to empower older people to take a lead role in raising awareness and influencing political decision-making.


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Pro Vida Peru

Pro Vida Peru (PVP) is an NGO founded in 1990 to help improve the quality of life for older people in the country. Much of PVP’s work is centred around working with older people and other adults to design and run programmes that promote a change in the social welfare culture towards a more participative one. This includes providing seminars and workshops related to topics that promote positive ageing.


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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 has been working with HelpAge International since 1988 and became HelpAge global network member in 2004. The two organisations have worked together on projects such as Age Demands Action and Sponsor a Grandparent.


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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.

NSBS became a HelpAge global network member in 2012.


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Uruguayan Association of Animators and Gerontological Assistants (AUDAAG)

The Uruguayan Association of Animators and Gerontological Assistants (AUDAAG) was established in Uruguay in 2004 and is focused on promoting active ageing. It provides recreation and training opportunities for older people, improves their social inclusion and builds their awareness of their rights.

AUDAAG tries to stimulate older people's creativity through choir classes, cultural workshops and other courses. It runs seminars, conferences and other training events to strengthen knowledge and awareness of older people’s rights through providing advice, and carrying out advocacy and campaigns.

AUDAAG frequently works in coordination with the National Institute for Older People of the Ministery of Social Development and is part of the National Network of Older People of Uruguay. Uruguayan Association of Animators and Gerontological Assistants became a HelpAge global network member in 2018.

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