Feb 24, 2021

Changes for a Better Future

Library
Library

Dear GlobalGiving supporters, the year 2021 started and we hope that this year is filled with happiness and that you achieve your dearest wishes. 

All staff and volunteers are very thankful to have you joined and continue to work towards giving the children a safe home where they are able to not only dream with a bright future but also get closer to achieving those dreams. 

The boys continue enjoying the land, we were able to buy with your support, by playing soccer, free play, and guided physical activities while they continue with remote academic activities. In the meantime, we are collaborating with experts to design the structure that would be built in this area where some children would be able to live and continue to develop happily and healthy with the support of the team and continue saving to purchase the other half of the land.

Due to the economic and social challenges that all communities are facing, the characteristics of the children that we serve have transformed, hence the team identified the need to re-assess the needs of the population and identified that if the children could be categorized into four sub-groups which would allow tailoring, even more, the strategies and approach to help them meet their goals. 

We have made some structural changes to the house to meet the needs of the population from the initial assessment. For example, some children turned 18 and were given a space where they are more independent helping them to have a gradual transition to an independent living environment next year when they will continue with their higher education. 

The goal is to observe these four groups for six months and assess their progress with this approach. The first group would be the children referred by the Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF) to help them reduce challenging behaviors, learn adaptive behaviors, to train their families to provide the care the children need with the ultimate goal of returning to their families. The second group would be children who due to different factors are not able to return to their home and need extended protection. The third group would be children, whose protection has been extended, turn 18, and want to continue with help to obtain higher education. The fourth group would be a pilot group of children who are also referred by the ICBF but in addition to their history of living in the streets also have a history of consumption of controlled substances. Our team is committed to provide the highest quality of services and obtain additional training to do so. 

As we continue to observe the different needs in each of the four groups above and make necessary changes, your generosity is fundamental to achieve this dream that once seemed far away is closer every day thanks to the collective efforts of dreamers and action takers like you.  One of the young boys who turned 18 was asked what he wants to continue doing once he graduates from high school at the end of this year and he said “I dream of becoming an architect and being able to help others like me but if I go back home, my future will be in the streets”. 

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being there for this young boy and helping him to achieve his dreams, and to show him that he is not alone nor the other boys at the house.

Children's Room
Children's Room
Computer Room
Computer Room
Classroom
Classroom
Feb 18, 2021

Inspiring Change

Children of Tierra Bomba
Children of Tierra Bomba

Dear GlobalGiving supporters, we started 2021 and hope that this report finds you and your loved ones healthy and happy. 

First and foremost thank you for your continued support for children who live in extreme poverty on the Island of Tierra Bomba to receive nutritional care especially since the additional challenges brought by the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

The Colombian government continues with a selective quarantine that started in March 2020 as a mandated quarantine. We provide nutritious food items to about 900 families greatly impacted by the loss of jobs and income and lunch to 500 children with the support of SOS Cartagena. 

After the needs assessment that our team conducted last year, we started building the early childhood center with the help of volunteers from Cartagena and Tierra Bomba natives who reported being inspired by the President of the foundation and the volunteers who come not only from different parts of Colombia but also from other countries to help paint the walls and other needs. The childhood center will provide services from 7 AM to 5 PM to 280 children from the island between the ages of 2 to 5 which would include nutritious food, drinking water, potty training, activities to develop their fine and gross motor skills, and health check-ups. 

The early childhood center is being furnished, our volunteers are painting the walls working shoulder by shoulder with men and women from the island who want this dream to come true. We are working towards childcare equipment including items for the kitchen, playrooms, leisure and relaxing room, library, medical room, nap room, and computer room.

As we continue to implement the plan from the community needs assessment, your generosity is fundamental to make the dreams of hundreds of children become true and fulfill the gaps that prevent them to fully develop by growing happy and healthy. A single woman in her thirties who is a strong leader in the community was working very hard with some volunteers to paint some walls at the center and when we ask her what motivates her to work to build the center she said “one day I saw a beautiful young woman reading to our children, teaching them how to be good, and I thought - how is that a lady like her who is not from here loves our children so much to spend time teaching them, and I wholeheartedly decided that I wanted to help the children of my island too”. 

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being that beautiful young lady who one day decided to take action and make a difference, because as she says “ If I change, everything changes”.  

CDI Facilities
CDI Facilities
CDI - Childhood Center Facilities
CDI - Childhood Center Facilities
CDI One of Fifteen Classrooms
CDI One of Fifteen Classrooms
Volunteers Helping Paint The CDI
Volunteers Helping Paint The CDI
Volunteers at Work Painting
Volunteers at Work Painting
Volunteers Painting For a Dream
Volunteers Painting For a Dream
Volunteers Paint the Colors of Fundacion Dones
Volunteers Paint the Colors of Fundacion Dones
One Gives What One has in Their Heart
One Gives What One has in Their Heart
Nov 20, 2020

Staying Safe and Connected Through COVID-19

Our Children Continue Their Education
Our Children Continue Their Education

Dear GlobalGiving Friends and Family, 

We hope this message finds you, your friends, and family well, as we continue staying strong and together to overcome this pandemic. 

Thank you for continuing to take time to learn about the needs of the 27 children and 45 elderly since March 2020, for making the effort to donate, for our children and elderly in your hearts, and for sharing our mission with others especially during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Since July 2020, together we achieved the campaign’s funding goal; however, as the world continues its efforts to overcome this pandemic and the winter months approaching there is an urgent need to maintain this project. 

With your donations, Fundación Dones de Misericordia has been able to continue ensuring that our children and elderly stay healthy and cared for. Additionally, caregivers/staff continue with up-to-date health and safety measures recommended by the local and national government agencies. For example, only caregivers and staff are entering the homes and upon entrance they clean their shoes in a mat with solution of hypochlorite, soap, and ammonium, disinfecting hands with a free/foot activated hand sanitizer dispenser located at the entrance of both homes to minimize risk of contamination. 

Our children continue to receive the protection they need by having their caregivers following all the health and safety protocols by having access to hygiene supplies (i.e. face masks, gloves, alcohol 80%, hand sanitizer), additional healthy meals and snacks (i.e. home made fruit juice, yogurt, fish, vegetables) recreational activities (i.e. soccer, virtual dance classes, agility training, arts & crafts) while they are homeschooled until schools resume in in-person classes, behavioral health services (i.e. positive reinforcement of appropriate/adaptive behaviors), and medication management. Our elderly also continue being protected with staff following strict health and safety protocols, nutritional supplements (i.e. Vitamin C), healthy meals and snacks (i.e. oranges, mandarins, watermelon, pineapple), leisure activities (i.e. coloring, arts & crafts), on site services from nurses, 24-hour on-call emergency health care, and additional space designated and equipped in case of having a rule-out COVID-19, in addition to continue fulfilling their ongoing needs. 

The children continue communicating with their families and volunteers via phone and videoconference. 

With immense gratitude, we send positive thoughts and prayers to you and your loved ones. Your kindness since the month of March 2020 continues making it possible to re-establish the rights of our children and elderly that one day were abandoned but that thanks to people like you, will never have to go through that inhumane suffering again. Today thanks to you they enjoy a loving environment that fulfills not only their physical needs but also their mental and emotional needs. 

Our Little Ones Concentrated Studying
Our Little Ones Concentrated Studying
Knowledge is Power!
Knowledge is Power!
Our Children Doing Arts and Crafts
Our Children Doing Arts and Crafts
Our littles Ones with Their New Friend, Princesa
Our littles Ones with Their New Friend, Princesa
Outdoor Interactive Learning
Outdoor Interactive Learning
Our Little One's First Virtual Dance Show!
Our Little One's First Virtual Dance Show!
Our Grandparents
Our Grandparents
Our Grandparents Safely Celebrating
Our Grandparents Safely Celebrating
Our Grandparents Painting
Our Grandparents Painting
Our Grandparents on a Walk
Our Grandparents on a Walk
 
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