In 2009, 46% of Colombians were living in poverty, and 17% were living in "extreme poverty," with an increasing percentage of that population living in urban slums (http://www.dian.gov.co/) The children in the neighborhood of Potosi, Bogota, are growing up without access to adequate nutrition, a good education, or work, and must at the same time cope with difficult family lives, the presence of drugs and gangs right outside their homes, and complicated health problems.
Love is the motor that drives our work - we're like one big family. In Pintando Caminos, children are treated with respect, provided with a nutritional lunch, and are offered programs such as homework help, soccer school, English class, recreational activities, educational workshops, and field trips. Our goal is that the children we serve grow in a holistic way, develop intellectually, access work, and become active participants in their communities.
The children who benefit from our work will be capable of breaking their cycle of poverty, overcoming the difficulties present in their environment, and succeed at becoming valued and supportive human beings, capable of earning a living decently - with the goal that they multiply in their communities, in their productive lives, and in the country more generally.
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