Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child

by FOUNDATION DONES DE MISERICORDIA
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Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
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Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
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Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
Adopt a Dream, Sponsor a Child
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
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Little Ones of Tierra Bomba Receiving Lunch
Little Ones of Tierra Bomba Receiving Lunch

Dear GlobalGiving friends, we hope that this report finds you, your families, and your friends well during this time when we have been challenged to be the best version of ourselves. 

We would like to thank you because in spite of the challenges you have continued or joined our efforts to help children who live in extreme poverty in the Island of Tierra Bomba to receive nutritional care.

Since the month of March 2020, the Colombian government mandated a quarantine that has transitioned gradually to a selective quarantine since the end of September. We continued providing nutritious food items to 950 families, greatly impacted by the quarantine since their economical support is based on tourism, and provided lunch to 650 children with the support of SOS Cartagena. 

Our team re-assessed the needs of the families and identified that an early childhood center is greatly needed since not only the fathers but also the mothers and those who are head of the household need to find ways to support their families. 

We are committed to building the early childhood center that will provide services from 7AM to 5PM to 280 children between the ages of 2 to 5. The services that will be provided are nutritious food, drinking water, potty training, activities to develop their fine and gross motor skills, health check-ups which they don’t have at their homes while their parents or their mothers’ head of the household work.

In the meantime, while we continue with our efforts to furnish the center with childcare equipment including items for the kitchen, playrooms, library, medical room, nap room, computer room, among others we continue supporting families by providing groceries and lunches to children. 

Once again, receive a big Thank You. Your generosity is helping children to develop not only healthier physically but also with hearts and minds with dreams and hope. We believe that together we can continue making a difference giving these children the opportunity to receive the love and care they deserve from the staff and their families who receive the training to engage in positive parenting. These families will have increased chances of staying together, achieving their dreams, and spreading their knowledge and love with everyone and everywhere they go. We hope the best for each and everyone of you, to continue strengthening the bonds with your loved ones during this time and have your dreams also come true.

Lunches are Delivered to the Children
Lunches are Delivered to the Children
Lunches Handed-out at Our Location in Tierra Bomba
Lunches Handed-out at Our Location in Tierra Bomba
Youth supporting Youth
Youth supporting Youth
Little One Receiving Lunch
Little One Receiving Lunch
Thanks to the Support of SOS Cartagena
Thanks to the Support of SOS Cartagena
Providing Nutritional Support to Tierra Bomba
Providing Nutritional Support to Tierra Bomba
Taking Care of the Next Generations
Taking Care of the Next Generations
Little Girl of Tierra Bomba Receiving Lunch
Little Girl of Tierra Bomba Receiving Lunch
Toddler Receiving Nutritional Meal
Toddler Receiving Nutritional Meal
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Our Team in Tierra Bomba
Our Team in Tierra Bomba

We would like to express our gratitude to those who have contributed through donations to help families in extreme poverty in Tierra Bomba Island which has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Colombian national and local governments mandated a quarantine since March 2020 which included school closures until the end of the school year in November. Schools transitioned to virtual teaching and parents needed to homeschool their children; however, due to the lack of internet access, 95% of the children have not been able to participate in virtual classes. Economically, the families that support themselves from the fishing and touristic industry, have been greatly impacted due to these activities not being able to carry out since the quarantine was mandated. Fundacion Dones de Misericordia has supported 840 families by providing nutritious food items such as whole chickens and nonperishable food items. Clothing has been provided to children from 4-7 years of age. 

Our goal is to be able to provide a reliable internet connection that would allow the children to access virtual classes through the end of the school year in November and provide computers to facilitate children's workshops and parenting workshops. 

The Story of Yon

Yon is a 20-year-old young adult born in Tierra Bomba Island. Fundación Dones de Misericordia started serving this community in 2005 by promoting social development. At the time Yon was a 5-year-old boy full of dreams and Fundacion Dones de Misericordia started supporting those dreams by promoting spiritual, emotional, and social transformation. Yon is thankful to God to have met Arlena who he says is “a blessing instrument on earth to guide and bless his life” Fundación Dones de Misericordia has helped Yon to reach his dreams. Currently, Yon is a law student and a positive leader who gives back to his community by helping to implement the programs developed by Fundacion Dones de Misericordia. Yon says “ I am an honest young man with clear goals and want to be better every day, thanks to Fundacion Dones de Misericordia led by its president, Arlena Hoyos”

Delivering Nutritious Foods to All Families
Delivering Nutritious Foods to All Families
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Our Founder with Children From Tierra Bomba
Our Founder with Children From Tierra Bomba

Hello friends of GlobalGiving, it is with love and respect that we would like to share with you everything that our Fundación Dones de Misericordia has been doing to support the education of children and adolescents, the empowerment of mothers who are head of the family, and the eradication of extreme poverty on the Island of Tierra Bomba. Below please refer to the progress we have made:

We would like to thank you of your donations, because with them you have helped fulfill many dreams. The Kiosko de los Dones, during these 15 years, has become the favorite place of children, adolescents and their families, because there they find hope to change their reality that is full of need.

 In these past few months we have strengthened the education of approximately 600 children through the complementary day, providing them with food and educational support. Additionally, we gather them on Saturdays which we call “Peace Saturdays”, during this time we strengthen their values through sports and with recreational activities that help them discover their skills and talents.

 Additionally, women have been receiving different trainings through which they empower themselves and learn how to make products that can be sold, thus forming micro-businesses to fulfill their needs, helping them out of the extreme poverty in which they have been in for many years.

Children Having a Snack During Our Programs
Children Having a Snack During Our Programs
Women From Tierra Bomba Presenting Their Creations
Women From Tierra Bomba Presenting Their Creations
Beautiful Piggy Banks by the Women of Tierra Bomba
Beautiful Piggy Banks by the Women of Tierra Bomba
Our Founder Modeling Handmade Purses
Our Founder Modeling Handmade Purses
Our Upcoming Annual Race for the Children
Our Upcoming Annual Race for the Children
Coming Up on March 15th! We hope to see you there!
Coming Up on March 15th! We hope to see you there!
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Children of Tierra Bomba Running for the Future
Children of Tierra Bomba Running for the Future

Hello, Friends of Global Giving. 

With love and respect, we would like to share with you everything that our foundation, Fundación Dones de Misericordia, has been doing to rescue children and families from extreme poverty in Cartagena, Colombia. Below you will find the most current statistics of our impact in the communities we serve:

  • 170 children and adolescents benefited from after school
  • 70 children and adolescents participated in artistic activities
  • 20 children and adolescents participated in cultural activities
  • 90 children and adolescents participated in sports (Soccer 35, Tennis 20, Baseball 35). 
  • 170 children and adolescents received food assistance (snack and lunch)
  • 4 parenting classes were held where 60% of the parents attended
  • 300 children and adolescents participated in the project "Children of Peace" by working every Saturday on values and self-esteem through playful, spiritual, and recreational activities.
  • An environmentally sustainable park was built in Tierra Bomba, benefiting 700 children
  • A water collection system and artisanal well were built, which have directly impacted 350 children and adolescents, more than 3000 people and 130 families.

 We held our second 5K/10K Race for the Children of Cartagena, an event that had the participation of 700 runners and 20 sponsoring companies. Thanks to this contribution, 170 children from Tierra Bomba Island who live in extreme poverty had the opportunity to receive quality education and nutritional recovery in the program of Complementary School Day.

A LIFE STORY

"I dream that Tierra Bomba and the Afro-Colombian races are recognized": Yeris talent of Dones de Misericordia.

Yeris is a young dreamer born in Tierra Bomba Island in a humble home. She is 18 years old and sings to God, to life, and to love.

Thirteen years ago, Fundación Dones de Misericordia met Yeris, back then she was 5 years old, her tenderness captivated the heart of the president of the foundation, Arlena Hoyos who did not hesitate for a moment to welcome her, to help her discover her great talent, and above all to give her love and well-being.

The little Tierra Bombera began her process in the Kiosko de los Dones, where with time she discovered her breathtaking talent to sing: "I have always been struck by music, so one day we were at Fundación Dones de Misericordia, we started singing, I had no idea how to sing, then they discovered my talent, they told me, “you sing, of course, you sing” I was surprised because I was very shy, and also chubby, something for which my peers bullied me for, back then I didn't feel as open as I am doing now" (Yeris).

Yeris with her special charisma, shares how this wonderful growth has occurred, accompanied by people with an incredible humanitarian sense that have helped make her dream of singing come true; "When I arrive at the foundation, I get together with a wonderful person, her name is Arlena Hoyos, who has supported me immensely, right now we are in a gospel choir, called Gospel Culture Tierra Bomba. There are 14 members who have learned a lot with the teacher that we have"(Yeris).

This group started and has been strengthened in the Kiosko de los Dones where with the help of a professionals in music, they have strengthened their talent, the one that runs through their veins, making them sing like angels; "Before, we would sing at the Foundation because we liked it and what we received by the grace, that we can give; but over time we started to meet more people with that same talent and they started opening the doors to us in hotels, restaurants, marriages, and churches"(Yeris).

Currently, Yeris is one of the main voices of this group, one that is being increasingly recognized for its talent and the light it radiates every time it sings a song, mainly when it is addressed in gratitude to God.

The young singer has participated in several contests where she has been granted first place. Her voice moves feelings that bring peace, an example of this, was a talent show at Barrio for the Overcoming of Poverty, an initiative of the Social Emergency Plan in Cartagena, in which Yeris was a finalist leaving the Tierra Bomberos and the Fundación Dones de Misericordia at the top.

This young woman shows that scarce resources is not an impediment to dream and to make dreams come true: "I dream that Tierra Bomba Island and Afro-Colombian races are recognized and that we are not seen at the bottom because our skin color is black , or because our hair is a little bit curly, but that we are given the same rights that everyone else has, and that we also have a God, Jesus Christ who died for all of us and for the whole universe."

Like Yeris there are many cases of children who dream but who find no support and are exposed to the dangers of being on the street; such as the unsafety, violations of their rights, lack of healthy foods and above all lack of love; that's why the Fundación Dones de Misericordia went to Tierra Bomba Island located in Cartagena (Bolivar), to work hard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; so that 500 children receive after school support in addition to the education they receive in the classrooms, where they also receive healthy food and activities through which they learn by playing and by exploring their talents.

Most importantly each donation helps more children and young people make their dreams come true.

Yeris
Yeris
Yeris Singing with the Choir of Tierra Bomba
Yeris Singing with the Choir of Tierra Bomba
Yeris with Friends
Yeris with Friends

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FOUNDATION DONES DE MISERICORDIA

Location: Cartagena de Indias - Colombia
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Twitter: @fundaciondones
Project Leader:
Arlena Hoyos
CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, Bolivar Colombia
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