Aug 15, 2017

The Power of Hope

Meet Erika
Meet Erika

Dear Friends,

HOPE is a powerful word. Think about a time you may have struggled with one of life’s challenges. It is that promise that things will get better, that there is HOPE, that can make all the difference. When I look at this picture of Erika, one of the students at our CDA-Conviventia School in Cartagena, what I see is the look of HOPE, even in the face of a challenging life. When you look closer at Erika’s house, you already know that her family does not have a lot of resources. But it is the spirit of Hope that assures them that anything is possible. And when we watch our CDA-Conviventia senior graduates walk down the aisle to receive their diplomas each December, we see the positive outcomes that come from Hope.

Thank you so much for supporting our project this past year, bringing a smile and HOPE to a young child living in these impoverished communities in Colombia. As we begin to plan for the 2017 Christmas Season, please help us spread the word to others, so we can make this the most amazing Christmas of Joy and HOPE these families have ever seen. 

We wish you many blessings, and heartfelt gratitude for your kind generosity.

Your Faithful Servants at Conviventia 

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May 23, 2017

Dona Yolanda and Her Five Blessings

thru the eyes of a child
thru the eyes of a child

“I thank God for the support that these people are giving me. I pray that God blesses them and protects them” Says Mrs. Yolanda, one of the many people that have been not only affected by the long-standing conflict in Colombia, but also by the mudslide that took place on April 1st this year.

“That night I was already asleep when I heard how everybody began to cry for help. Some neighbors helped me pull my children out of the mud” She relates her experience with a heartening look in her eyes. She used to live with her husband and five children in the San Miguel neighborhood, one of the areas most affected by this natural disaster. Her oldest daughter is 12 years old, two sons who are 10 and 9, another 5-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old baby girl.

Yolanda, who came to Mocoa five years ago fleeing from the armed conflict in Colombia, says that her faith in God has filled her with much strength. “Despite I lost all my material possessions to the mudslide, I still thank God that he spared my life and that of my children”

During Conviventia’s first day in Mocoa, Mrs. Yolanda received humanitarian aid from the team of Conviventia, including assistance by the medical doctors, dentists and psychologists, who took care of her and her family.

With a grin in her face she affirms that she is happy in the new neighborhood where she just moved after the tragedy, the place is called New Hope (Nueva Esperanza, in Spanish) and she says that she does not mind paying rent for the house because it means a new beginning for her life. The name of the “barrio” now makes total sense for her and her family.

Thanks to all the contributions of the people who donated to make this outreach possible. For Yolanda, Conviventia donated a stove for her family, school supplies for her children, clothes and the message of Hope that will surely strengthen her precious family. 

healthcare in action in Mocoa
healthcare in action in Mocoa
Yolanda sends her heartfelt thanks to you
Yolanda sends her heartfelt thanks to you
A new backpack helps me carry my books to school
A new backpack helps me carry my books to school
Heading to our new home
Heading to our new home

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May 22, 2017

Christmas Joy Year Round

Juan Pablo's family with gift of groceries
Juan Pablo's family with gift of groceries

Dear Friends,

Our mission season is in full swing, and we have 12 mission teams going to Colombia over the next several months. Each one of these trips is an awesome opportunity for people that live in the US to witness first-hand the life transforming work of our organization. It is also an amazing opportunity to transform the lives of our mission team members, as they see a different world from that they know, and meet wonderful people and families that have such capacity and hope in the impoverished communities that we work.

During these trips, we get the chance to talk to many of the children in our schools and the community. They share their dreams with us, and their hopes for the future. They also often share what they hope to receive for a birthday or Christmas present. It can be anything from a doll, to a new backpack. Sometimes it is a wish for some repairs to their homes roof, so that they do not get wet when it rains. Often the types of things we take for granted are not available in their reality, or can take years of saving.

We are so thankful for those that are supporting our little Christmas and birthday fund, and want to share the attached pictures and notes of thanks from Juan Pablo and Geraldine. Juan Pablo lives in the community of Lucero Alto in Bogota and attends our CDA school. Geraldine lives in El Pozon, Cartagena, and attends our CDA school.

We wish you many blessings, and heartfelt gratitude for your kind generosity.

Your Faithful Servants at Conviventia 

Juan Pablo with his new scooter
Juan Pablo with his new scooter
Geraldine with her school supplies
Geraldine with her school supplies

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