Where we work in Latin America


Programme: Zippy's Friends

  • Launched 2010
  • Children this year - 0
  • Total children since launch - 5,644 

Los Amigos de Zippy began in Argentina in 2010, as part of a wider expansion of the programme in Latin America sponsored by HSBC. It was initially managed by Asociación Civil Lekotek, an agency which specialised in providing play facilities in schools and communities as well as helping children with special needs. As the programme grew, a new agency was set up to take over its coordination. Asociacion Ser+ was founded in late 2012, with a mission to develop prevention and health programmes aimed at children, families and the community. Asociacion Ser+ is now expanding the programme beyond the capital and into different types of school. They have also started running Los Amigos de Zippy in some SOS Villages, bringing the benefits of the programme to even more children. 

Our partner in Argentina - SER+



Programmes: Zippy's Friends, Apple's Friends, Passport

  • Launched 2003
  • Children this year - 4,383
  • Total children since launch - 320,271

The Brazilian Zippy’s Friends programme is one of the largest in the world. From its start in a few schools in São Paulo in 2004, the programme has expanded enormously and is now running in five Brazilian states, in more than 40 cities.

Our original partner in Brazil was CVV (Centro de Valorização da Vida), a national network of centres offering a listening service to people in crisis, but in 2006 a new organisation was set up, specifically to run Amigos do Zippy and similar programmes: ASEC (Associação pela Saúde Emocional de Crianças). Its small and dedicated team of trainers has had great success in developing Amigos do Zippy.

Our partner in Brazil - ASEC

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazilian schools were closed throughout 2020 and it was not possible to deliver the programme as usual.

El Salvador

Programme: Zippy's Friends

  • Launched 2012
  • Children this year - 0
  • Total children since launch - 5,372

Los Amigos de Zippy started running in El Salvador in 2012, coordinated by FEPADE, an agency that strives to improve excellence in education.

FEPADE, with more than 25 years’ experience, provides technical and practical support to schools in different ways; improving schools' infrastructure, training teachers (especially in technical subjects) and providing scholarships for children in need, and now, through Los Amigos de Zippy, promoting children’s emotional and mental health.

The programme is supported by Banco Davivienda Salvadoreño.

Our partner in El Salvador - FEPADE