Jujuy is the most northern province of Argentina at the borders of Chile and Bolivia. Many of the inhabitants are of indigenous origin. Unemployment and economic problems have led to serious political conflicts in the province. Strikes and demonstrations, which are often resulting in violence, make every-day life difficult.
The province capital San Salvador de Jujuy lies at an altitude of 1000 meters at the feet of the Andes Mountains. There is a great divide between the rich and the poor. Next to modern tower buildings there are slum quarters with corrugated-iron huts in which it is bitter cold during the winter months.
In many families the situation is full of problems and characterized by violence. Alcoholism and drug addiction are daily fare. In the last years drug problems intensified because of the strong growth of the city and criminality increased extremely. In our children’s home “Hogar del Sol” and in our day care centre “Arca de Noé” vulnerable children and their families are looked after by three Christusträger sisters and a large number of Argentine staff members.
James 1 : 27 | The Bible