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