SOS Social Centres in Costa Rica
In Costa Rica there is currently one Social Centre for children and the local community, in Tres Rios. Many SOS Social Centres operate via Family Strengthening Programmes, which aim to support the wider community. Below is some information about the Social Centre that SOS Children runs in Costa Rica:
SOS Social Centre in Costa Rica: In-Depth
Description of SOS Social Centre/FSP:
Casa Hogar Luz SOS Tres Ríos, inaugurated in 1982, is also situated in Dulce Nombre de Tres Ríos. This SOS Social Centre is a home for mentally and physically challenged children.
SOS Social Centre Casa Hogar Luz (="Home of Light") is also situated in Tres Ríos. It is a home for seriously mentally and physically challenged children, who probably will never be able to take care of themselves. The centre is the only institution in the country where such children are looked after by specially trained people. Children who could not be taken care of in other institutions grow up with loving care in an environment which is similar to a family. Casa Hogar Luz offers different types of therapy to support the children's neuro-muscular development. Efforts are also being made to develop the mental and physical abilities of each child individually, in order to enable them to gain a maximum amount of independence.
Work and Achievements:
During the year, Fundación Manos Abiertas has given to centre’s children support with physical therapy, health care, social integration, education and prevention of diseases. This year a professional physical therapist was hired in the centre. Hogar Luz Social Centre continues receiving contributions from SOS Children’s Villages Costa Rica Association. These funds are invested to cover all the investments that the centre needs in order to improve childrens quality of life.