Welcome to the online home of OSA (Operation South America). We are a UK-based charity operating and registered in Paraguay. Here you'll find all the latest information, news and events going on both in Paraguay and the UK. Thanks for your support.
Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to the new and improved home of Operation South America online, from now on operationsouthamerica.org will be the place to visit for regular updates on the latest events and developments of the charity.
Feeding the hungry

Feeding the hungry

We provide a nutritious daily meal for the poorest local children on most schooldays. Many walk several kilometres to school from the surrounding area. School insists that they wear a uniform but this sometimes means that they cannot afford to eat.
Shelter for the homeless

Shelter for the homeless

We offer a home for up to 20 girls aged 3-17 at El Puente (The Bridge). Here they are fed, clothed, respected and loved. In return they take on the typical chores expected of family members and attend the local school.
Alleviating suffering

Alleviating suffering

Many of our foster children have suffered hardship or abuse. The Home provides a safe haven. In addition we provide occasional support and medicines for members of the local community in particular need.
Education for employment

Education for employment

Our Volunteers bring many skills to the young people to broaden their education and experience.  It is our aim to develop this area so that we can equip the local youth for employment in an area which has few opportunities.
Encouraging moral values

Encouraging moral values

Our outreach programme takes our Toy Library and Puppet Show to surrounding towns and villages and the girls use traditional and modern dance to reach out to other youth.
Nurturing young people

Nurturing young people

Our young people are encouraged in their studies, both religious and secular. Support is given for the weaker students and the majority are blossoming as a result.
Latest entries
Comedor

Comedor

The Comedor or canteen was the main feature which drew us to the work of the Recalde family in Quyquyhó before the inception of OSA.  Using rented premises and very basic facilities they fed the poorest children of the area with a nutritious meal on most school days.  They cooked over an open fire and...
Property

Property

Registration as a charity both in UK and Paraguay enabled us to own our own property.  Our first purchase was 1.3 hectares (3.2 acres) of fertile land on the outskirts of Quyquyhó.  It came, complete with house, and outbuilding suitable for conversion to a purpose-built Comedor, a large grove of mature mango trees and plenty...
El Puente (The Bridge)

El Puente (The Bridge)

Another important aspect of the Recaldes’ generosity was their willingness to share their home with the needy.  They gave shelter to a number of young girls, many of whom had suffered poverty, abuse and deprivation.  They opened their hearts and their home in order to provide a safe and loving environment and the results, years...
Volunteers

Volunteers

Volunteers bring a wealth of gifts to a small place like Quyquyhó.  Those with linguistic skills in Spanish are particularly valued but practical ability in gardening, construction, engineering or DIY are also needed for practical projects.  Naturally, as the focus of our work is on young people, an ability to get alongside of them is...
Outreach

Outreach

As a Christian organisation we are committed to outreach in the local community and beyond, not specifically for recruiting purposes, as we made a commitment to multi-denominationality and are proud to have supporters of other faiths and none, but to demonstrate Christian principles in practical ways.  To this end we organise events locally, to which...
Childsplay

Childsplay

One aspect of a child’s life in Paraguay is that, for many, possessions are few and toys a luxury rarely afforded.  Thus a rural child has little concept of “play” as a British child would know it.  Therefore the provision of a Toy Library in an area offers a rare opportunity to children.  Our library...
Building Projects

Building Projects

We have instigated a significant amount of building work on our land or associated property.  Depending on the scale and complexity of the work, we have either employed local tradesmen or used our volunteers, or both.  Thus we have contributed to the local economy and saved money by making use of the talents provided.  So,...
Food Production

Food Production

The food bills for the Comedor are significant, to say the least, so we set about reducing costs by producing as much food as possible on-site.  The soil is quite fertile and will support a variety of fruit and vegetables, although the extremes of temperature can cause problems, as can the deluge or complete absence...
Our Values

Our Values

OSA promotes Christian values by: Feeding the hungry Providing shelter for the homeless Allevating suffering Nurturing young people Encouraging moral values Providing education for employment Our values reflect our Christian principles but also a human response to need wherever it is encountered. Much of our work focuses on the welfare of a small group of...