Empower 40 Colombian kids in extreme poverty

by ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization
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Empower 40 Colombian kids in extreme poverty
Empower 40 Colombian kids in extreme poverty
Empower 40 Colombian kids in extreme poverty
Empower 40 Colombian kids in extreme poverty
Empower 40 Colombian kids in extreme poverty
Empower 40 Colombian kids in extreme poverty
Empower 40 Colombian kids in extreme poverty

Dear Donor, thank you for your valuable contribution!

Receiving your help has been crucial for the Colombian kids we support, especially in this very difficult period: indeed, the emergency caused by the virus has severely hit the country as a whole but its consequences are even more challenging for the most vulnerable.

As of today, Colombia has passed 1.1 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 and the pandemic has determined 32,000 deaths in the country. Many people, and especially poor families and children, are experiencing hardship due to the closure of economic activities and are struggling to satisfy basic needs.

However, we have been able to guarantee the continuation of activities and workshops for our kids who can thus keep benefiting from education. Our local contacts are managing the situation by providing a safe environment satisfying the requirements imposed at a governmental level.

Achieving this result wouldn't have been possible without your help. Providing assistance to our Colombian children is even more important now, and we need you by our side to face this challenge!

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In Colombia, the number of infected people is increasing every day. Fortunately everyone in the center of the Somascan fathers is fine.

Below is a letter written by one of the children attending the Juvenil Emiliani Center.

"Dear donors,

I'm a boy from the Juvenil Emiliani Center, I greet you with affection. 

I'm telling this story in the middle of a pandemic that has reached every corner of our planet. The Coronavirus is presenting us with new challenges in human relationships. It has locked us in our homes, depriving us of our freedom. Our way of life has changed: we have to stay away from each other, we cannot embrace each other, we have to take care of ourselves for our own good in order not to be infected.

In the center during the day we carry out academic and human training activities. We participate in technical workshops: woodworking, electricity and metalworking, and participate in recreational and sports activities. This gives us the confidence to remain united and gives us hope of getting out of the pandemic we are experiencing. We would like to visit our families but the best thing for all of us is to stay here, now;  we believe that when the situation improves we will have time to go and stay with them.
We are sure that soon there will be a new horizon: we'll go out again, we'll go to the park, we'll travel again, we'll embrace each other and return to normality.

We want to tell you that we are fine, that we feel accompanied, guided and cared for by the Fathers and educators in the center.

Thank you for your support. " 

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After Christmas, hogar san jeronimo resumed all its activities. The boys resumed the carpentry and electronics courses, and began the cutting and sewing lessons for some mothers of the children followed. The operating staff, composed of 14 people, including a psychologist, an educator and a social worker, has reactivated the psycho-social support service for children who attend the house and, if present, their families. Such assistance is really indispensable because it allows to face and rework the trauma experienced. At the same time, professional workshops enable older children to learn a trade and find a job more easily.

In order to adapt the spaces in which such training takes place to the parameters required by the government, also thanks to your generous donations, have been purchased specific electronic equipment and carpentry materials. However, the environments and techniques taught are still limited and do not meet the requirements for state recognition with the consequent grants and public contributions to cover professional teachers.
We are heading in the right direction, but some help is still needed to really give these kids a future.

In recent days, concern is then turned to the Corona Virus emergency which is affecting the world; the Colombian government has ordered the closure of all schools and, especially in the capital Bogotá, several infections are occurring and panic is spreading very quickly in smaller cities. Our local referent has reassured us that our children are all well, but the fear is really great.

Thank you so much for your generosity, our activity will not stop and we hope to update you with good news!

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The security problem in Colombia is still far from being resolved, despite the agreements that the government has made with part of the guerrillas, and the neighborhoods where the children who frequent the center live are extremely dangerous. Crime is the main risk for the many children who, despite having parents, are forced to spend entire days on the street in the absence of care and protection. Their loneliness destines them to be defenseless victims of violence, sexual abuse, exploitation or prostitution, denying them the right to go to school and to grow up in a peaceful environment.

The Hogar San Jeronimo center therefore wants to be a place of protection, where you can feel safe, appreciated and recognized. The pedagogical and educational activities really want to help these children overcome the trauma suffered and rediscover tranquility and peace, essential elements to be able to grow.
The smiles and games were certainly not missing at the party that the educators organized for all the little guests: it was a beautiful day and, thanks to technology, even Aleimar managers managed to connect Skype with the center and wish everyone children a happy and peaceful Christmas!
Reigniting hope in the eyes of these children is our big goal and, only thanks to your help, we could win this game together!

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Alma
Alma

Our educators, Luis and Myriam, Father Johnka and Father Ariel, have been working together and achieving great results. They are in close contact with each of the families supported and are thus able to give us timely and accurate updates.

 

In fact, the Hogar San Jerónimo is trying to assist, accommodate and recover 40 of the poorest children in the city of Tunja, who are at physical or moral risk.

 

Thanks to some generous donations, we could purchase computers and projectors, as well as fund two child adoptions.

 

One of the kids helped is Alma, who has been placed with an adoptive family. Her mother left and his father lives alone with three other daughters, all minors and already pregnant.

 

We could meet Alma and give her some gifts Mario – her Italian uncle – had delivered to us. She looked happy and beautiful, and we are all very positive about her future!

 

While this lovely girl has just started a new and bright journey, a lot more are living in a difficult and risky situation. We really need your help and generosity to support as many kids as possible.

 

Believe in this project with us. You can make the difference for them, with just a small amount.

 

Only a donation per person is possible, so it would be great if you could engage your friends, relatives and colleagues. Please tell them who we are, what we do and help us spread this call. You’ll make the difference in these families’ lives!

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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Twitter: @AleimarOdV
Project Leader:
Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy
$1,110 raised of $10,000 goal
 
24 donations
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