Fundación Acompaña (formerly Hogar San Francisco founded in 1889) is a home for battered girls in the poorer outskirts of Santiago, Chile. The home is dedicated to providing shelter, guidance, and education for sexually abused girls ranging from ages 4 to 18 years old. The girls are placed at the home by the recommendation from the judicial system of Chile. The girls attend classes at community schools but return to the home for psychiatric treatment, meals and to sleep.


How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps


We provided an initial grant to build the computer center. Additional funds were provided for computer hardware and software upgrades, teachers’ salaries, operational costs, programs and internet access.






Founded in 1927, Hogar Refugio de la Misericordia is a group home for pregnant adolescents and adolescent moms and their babies. The girls have been placed in the home by the Chilean family court system. Refugio is partially funded by a Catholic congregation that shares the campus and also receives a Chilean government subsidy. They happily accepts VE Global volunteers from diverse backgrounds to help in a wide variety of tasks that include: playing and helping with the babies, running workshops and offering emotional support to the moms, and supporting the nuns with everyday tasks.


How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps


The Orphaned Starfish Foundation introduced all the children to typing, computer usage, and standard computer skills, allowing them to use the computers for their schoolwork, connect to the world through the internet, and use their acquired skills to qualify for gainful employment. We have also improved academic support and development, in addition, to providing the adolescent mothers with access to vocational skills training and opportunities.


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