Maria del Carmen Sijindioy was born on May 1, 1998 in Barrancabermeja, now she is 12 years old, her mother, an indigenous woman of Putumayo, left her land like many other Colombians fleeing the armed violence.
Maria's older brothers were given up for adoption and Maria came to an indigenous family, which, with love and solidarity, took over providing protection and care for the girl. Over the years, Maria's older brother, who lives in the United States, start searching for his sister and through a process that we have provided assistance with, now Maria can count on her brother’s support and has established strong ties with him.
Maria continues to participate in sports and recreational activities of the NGO Estructurar. Maria is in fourth grade; she is a joyful child, cooperative and happy to know that she is a lucky person because she has two families that love her and desire all the best for her.
At this time, Estructurar NGO continues to provide attention to 160 children who, because of the poverty of their families, have no access to education and quality care. The children receive formal education, attend recreational activities, are served in the school cafeteria, and enjoy leisurely spaces in which they can build self-esteem. The children that are attending the program permanently develop the basic skills through educational activities in school, improve their socio-affective state, receive food and participate in the extended school day program.
The Foundation has been working with the school for parents to strengthen ties between parents and children and help parents in dealing with their responsibilities towards their children.
The contributions we receive are essential to ensure continuity of care and strengthen the life-project of these children.
We thank you for your generosity. Your contributions are significant and we would like to invite others to engage and help this community and this project.
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