Poverty, crime, and drug trade characterize life of many children and youth in Argentina. About 25 years ago in 12 de Mayo close to Mendoza, a family started taking in children in need. From that emerged a social center which in time grew bigger and bigger with programs, properties, and facilities.
In the eighties, a church planting ministry started in the bleak part of the mountainous area of the state Espírito Santo. There are about 120 000 descendants of the German Pomeranians living in great poverty and no perspective. They are heavily influenced by superstition and the occult.
Children from slums do not have a chance to go to preschool since there is none or are not enough preschools in those areas. Without having gone to preschool though, they have a tough start in school. PEPE is a preschool program for these children.
Patagonia is the most southern part of Argentina and home to the Mapuche. Impoverishment, crimes, alcoholism, social conflicts, and diseases are the results of the brutal treatment of the indigenous people in the late 19th century. Today still this people lives withdrawn.
Many children in Argentina live under the worst conditions. They experience so much misery and are constantly facing dangers. Some of these children receive help in Mendoza and region at MANNA programs. MANNA is helping churches to deal with problems in their own surroundings.