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Haiti Compassion Relief

Our History

Hogar Siembra was established on May 5th 1983, when a group of highly committed volunteers joined by priest Monseñor Rómulo Emiliani, founded an association.  Initially their work was projected to the young women intern in the Centro de Adaptación Juvenil Amparo Zeledón in San Luis, Santo Domingo de Heredia.

As the years went by, the preoccupation for the girls grew stronger as some of them would relapse in social risk situations.&nbp; These situations made them conclude that the problem was originated in their families which mostly were dysfunctional, so they decided to build a transitory home which would give them different life alternative.

Special Moments

The Association was legally constituted in 1983, but it was until may 5th 1986 that the home opened it's doors with 4 young women in a rented house in Heredia.

That same year, a couple donated a piece of land in Grecia which was sold in order to buy the actual property of Hogar Siembra.  The first habitation compound was built in 1990; in 1992 the first cooperation agreement with Patronato Nacional de la Infancia was signed and with it came the second compound which housed 12 young women.  The population grew over the years and nowadays Hogar Siembra houses 25 young women from all over the country and is looking to expand significantly in the next year.

  • Only during the year 2009 PANI received in its 41 offices around the country, over 30,000 cases of boys, girls and teenagers that had experienced situations of rights violations.  Of these cases, 2512 were presented per month, 114 per day and 14 per hour.
  • 10 children are abused daily in Costa Rica.
  • Every year there are 3.848 cases of abuse against girls and 1.796 against boys in Costa Rica.
  • 85% of the victims who suffer abuse or sexual exploitation are girls between 14 and 18 years of age.
  • 80% of boys, girls and teenagers who suffer from sexual exploitations, were abused sexually before turning 12.
  • 85% of sexual abuse cases happen within the family circle.
  • 94% of incest victims are girls.

Population Profile

  • 25 teenage women.
  • Ages 12 to 18.
  • Originated from all over the country.
  • Survivors of abuse and abandonment.
  • Relative to extreme poverty conditions.
  • Average stay from 4 to 5 years.


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