About us

We were born from the generous hearts of Paraguayans united by a common desire: to help the children and families that are affected by poverty in their communities.
Dequeni takes its name from the biblical phrase of the gospel: Let the children come to me (Mark 10,14).
Today Dequení is an organization of Paraguayan civil society with experience in promoting and protecting children. The Foundation brings together the spirit of solidarity of many benefactors, companies and organizations with the desire to help children.


Our work promotes overcoming poverty for children, adolescents and their families, through solidarity.


To be an institution of reference in the defense and promotion of the rights of children and adolescents, which sensitizes and channels a broad flow of solidarity and social responsibility for the improvement of their quality of life.  


Our solidarity work is based on love, solidarity, service, participation and honesty.

Our beginnings

On May 4, 1985, a group of young people from the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement in Paraguay took the initiative to help children working in an area of the country known as Calle Ultima in the city of Fernando de la Mora. They organized days of catechism and afternoon tea in the Chapel Medalla Milagrosa. 33 young street vendors of sweets and newspapers attended this first invitation. The meetings were repeated over time, involving more generous people, and that is how the Foundation of Dequeni was formed. 
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Our Directory

Dequení is directed and administered by a Board of Directors composed of people who perform this task voluntarily. They’re recognized professionals from the civil or business sector of Paraguay.
The Board of Directors for the period 2016-2018 is composed of:
Director President: Manuel Peña Palacios
Director Vice-Chairman: Fernando Talavera Gustale
Director Secretary: Laura Ivonne de Sallustro
Director Treasurer: Juan Carlos Descalzo
Senior Managers:
Beltrán Macchi Salin
Juan Bautista Fiorio
Alberto Sallustro
Miguel Fuentes
Pastoral Director: Padre Pedro Kühlcke
Executive Director: Andreza Ortigoza

Networks and alliances

To fulfill our mission we work in partnership with public and private organizations.


In our annual report you can learn about all the activities carried out by promoting development programs with children and their communities. Below is a summary of our latest management reports. If you want more information do not hesitate to contact us.