Equip Classrooms for School Children in Colombia

by Conviventia
Equip Classrooms for School Children in Colombia
Equip Classrooms for School Children in Colombia
Equip Classrooms for School Children in Colombia
Equip Classrooms for School Children in Colombia
Equip Classrooms for School Children in Colombia
Equip Classrooms for School Children in Colombia
Equip Classrooms for School Children in Colombia
Equip Classrooms for School Children in Colombia
Equip Classrooms for School Children in Colombia
Equip Classrooms for School Children in Colombia

I want to introduce you to Isabella.

I met Isabella at the CDA School in El Pozon.

We were doing an art project, and her paintings on little wooden sticks stood out from the others.

Her little painting of a giraffe was full of life, as was Isabella.

She went on to paint a jungle scene and more.

As I talked to her, I learned that she was a recent refugee from Venezuela.

She fled with her family to Colombia.

One of 3 mm people who have fled the country, 1 mm of which have landed in Colombia.

The impoverished communities that already existed (El Pozon, Villa Estrella, Las Americas and more ) now have the added challenge of a swelling population of desperate refugees.

So our work is not done.

Thank you so much for your support of our CDA-Conviventia schools in the impoverished communities of EL Pozon, Las Americas, Lucero Alto and Cazuca. You are truely making a difference in these childrens lives, empowering them to break free from the chains of poverty. Where there is human kindness, there is hope.

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Gabriel is 12 years old and was born in Cartagena, Colombia. He and his sisters have been linked to the CDA School since they were babies, because their mother always wanted her children to study and receive a strong education.

Gabriel’s mother has received a lot of support from the school. A few years ago, she faced a very difficult divorce situation, and the social workers accompanied her and her children through this difficult process. She also received help for housing during this time, support which was a great blessing in those days of crisis and solitude. Three years ago, when Gabriel was in third grade, he came to a very critical stage in his behavior. He fought a lot and became very disobedient, which brought much tension not only to his family, but also in school. The school has an agreement with the Cakike Foundation to develop courses in music with children and adolescents in situations of poverty, and that year, as part of the selection process, Gabriel was chosen to start classes. This was a key turning point for Gabriel. He was proud and excited to be chosen, and this completely changed his attitude. Belonging to the group increased levels of demand which led him to change. He has remained in the orchestra, now playing the cello. Belonging to this project has been a great companion to the training he has received at school, because musical training focuses also on teaching discipline and values.

“I like the way the teachers give classes, and that they are always very attentive to all students,” says Gabriel. His mother adds that the social worker has been a great support in every situation of the family, and the accompaniment that Gabriel receives from the project has been key to his success in school.

For this family, the CDA School has been crucial in helping them to overcome every situation that they have had to face. Linking Gabriel to the Cakike Orchestra opened and continues to open many possibilities for Gabriel to continue to grow.

It is stories like Gabriel’s that truly illustrate the power of a strong education, and why your support for our schools is so much appreciated.

Thank you for your generous heart.

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When you provide a desk for students studying in the CDA God is Love Schools in Colombia, you lift them up, inspire them to dream and study hard, so they can break free from the cycle of poverty.

We would like to introduce you to one of those students. Ashly is a very loving, responsible and collaborative girl. Her favorite hobby is to watch television. Her favorite colors are purple and pink and she likes very much to eat soups.

Ashly currently lives with her brother Daniel (13 years old) and her parents Jhon (33 years old) and Yuri (31 years old), who have lived in common-law marriage for 14 years. Her father works as a security guard. His schedules rotate from Sunday to Sunday. With their financial incomes, they cover basic daily necessities such as rent, food, education, transportation, clothing, bank loans, among others.

Ashly shares quality time with her family. During free time they like to go to the church, go to the cinema and watch soccer games and films. In her spare time, she enjoys doing her homework. The intra-family relationships are very caring, with healthy communication between family members. Ashly would like to spend more time with her parents, but the working hours for her parents are long.

The house in which they live is taken for rent. It has four-stories. Her family lives on the first floor. There are two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, bathroom and yard.

Ashly dreams of becoming a veterinarian because she is passionate about animals. Her parents´ dream is that Ashly becomes a professional and continues her love of God.

With your support, Ashly is receiving an amazing, holistic, Christian education. Thank you so much for your generous heart.

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Desks arrive to our school in El Pozon
Desks arrive to our school in El Pozon

There are many needs in the world, but when we work together it is amazing what we can accomplish. When class begins tomorrow, every one of these desks will be the new study home for a student that attends the CDA God is Love School in the impoverished community of El Pozon, Cartagena, Colombia. These children live in very difficult economic conditions, but the communities and their homes are rich in spirit and capacity. They dream of what is possible in the future, and the education they are receiving is what will make their path out of poverty possible.

We are so thankful for the kind generosity of all who support us in our work and want to share with each of you that your generous hearts truly are making a difference for these children in El Pozon, and the other communities that we serve.


The Conviventia Team

One of our students with mom at home in El Pozon
One of our students with mom at home in El Pozon
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Dear Friends,

The Bible tells us that the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve others and give His life as ransom for many. We had declared that 2017 would be a year of restoration, a year during that which had been lost would be recovered, and that is exactly what I saw take place!    Young girls living in dark circumstances, whose hope and joy were lost, advanced in pursuit of their dreams; others had fairytale weddings, rejoicing amongst the goodness of God in their lives. Parents filled with pride as they watched their children graduate from high school- a privilege that they themselves were denied. Families destroyed by violence and abuse reconciled. Young men lost in drug addiction and criminality recovered their sense of dignity, as they completed training at our trade schools; many having never attended school before.  People discovering the goodness of God amidst natural disasters, such as the mudslides in Mocoa, Putumayo. These are just a few of the ways in which we saw God bring restoration to precious lives!

I also witnessed faithful workers devoting their lives to the service of Christ in each of the communities where the Lord has placed us.  Their load was made lighter thanks to the volunteers and interns who have joined their hearts and hands with those of the team in Colombia.  By working together, they opened powerful channels of blessing and restoration.   Additionally, it was touching to see our staff and children praying and giving to help our friends and supporters after hurricane Harvey caused devastation in Texas.

None of this would have been possible without your friendship.  We are therefore very grateful for your partnership!  

As we look back on 2017, I’m also glad to report that last year our organization was evaluated in a variety of financial and transparency metrics, achieving an overall score of 4.7 out of 5.  We want you to know that we will diligently work to not only maintain but improve this ranking.  Your support is fundamental to advancing our mission, and we take your investment seriously.   Our many initiatives, including our schools, community development efforts, family strengthening program, humanitarian aid missions, leadership development, promotion of safer environments for children, and employment and entrepreneurship mediation and support are only possible because of the financial support of our loyal and generous donors.

THANK YOU for investing in Colombia!



Missy Christie de Acosta
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