María Ayuda, Chile

María Ayuda (Mary Helps) is an institution founded in 1983 by Father Hernán Alessandri Morandé.  Its main function is the reparation and prevention of infantile maltreatment (abuse, violence, and abandonment). It emerged as a consequence to the strong economic crisis.  As a result, Fr. Alessandri searched for a means to bring about something in order to rescue the dignity of the young girls who engaged in prostitution. María Ayuda has as its main mission to dignify the most destitute boys and girls and to strengthen their families by sheltering and educating them, thus being instruments so they can fulfill the … Continue reading María Ayuda, Chile