The foundation Servicio Juvenil Bosconia is a non-profit organization dedicated to the extensive care, education and support of street children aged between 7 and 18. Due to the lack of family support, the children live in an environment of violence and poverty, as well as drugs, alcohol and crime – without any educational opportunities or future prospects. The foundation was founded in 1964 by the priest Javier de Nicoló, who came from Italy to Colombia with the aim of providing needy children and young people a safe home in which they can grow up free of fear and worries. The vision to improve the children’s quality of life and to provide them with professional education and future prospects, is put into practice on a daily basis by the committed staff. The work of the trained team begins with building trust with the teenagers on the street in order to convince them to participate in the programme. Once the street children have been incorporated in the programme, they are taught values and are educated primarily through sports, art, music and dance and receive a lot of individual attention, time and love – by doing so, the children and teenagers get back what they often lacked in their childhood or youth. During the entire process, the main focus is always mutual respect and motivation, which, together with the affection they receive, is an important factor in ensuring that the residents study with interest and enthusiasm. In addition, they receive psychological and medical care, healthy food and learn to overcome and solve problems in order to escape the cycle of need and crime.The educational offers and programs offered by the foundation in craft professions such as electronics, carpentry, bakery, locksmithery, ceramics, welding or tailoring, which play an important part in this by opening up promising future prospects for the children. In addition, the children are supported in their search for a job or a place to study after graduating from school.
In order to offer help and support to as many Colombian children as possible, the organisation has various institutions throughout Colombia – e.g. in Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Tumaco, Barranquilla and Buenaventura. The “Casa de la 78” in Bogotá, where young people from very needy backgrounds live together in a sheltered community, is the headquarter of the foundation. In Nemocón, a town north of Bogotá, there is a school of the foundation where children and teenagers from the area are taught and supervised.We at Neptuno are very happy to support the work of Bosconia, whose success has already been proven by many individual stories, and thereby contribute to teaching the youngsters independence and personal responsibility.