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Colombia ChildCare International is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation

Written by:
Carl Sconnely, Vice President of Colombia ChildCare International
Colombia Child Care is focused on helping the poorest children
The Colombia Child Care organization is focused on helping the poorest children in the region and continues its efforts as it faces new challenges each day.

In Colombia, there is a concentration of multiple groups with conflicting positions and a lack of a non-violent solution. This creates a vacuum for a normal quality of life for the majority of the people living there. In the United States of America, people fall into three classes; there are the upper, middle, and lower classes. The upper and lower classes account for a very low percentage as most people have a middle class standard of living. In a third world country, such as Colombia, you have only two classes – very rich, and very poor. There is little middle ground; you’re either enjoying all the luxuries that money can buy or you are on the street begging for food.

Because of the violence in Colombia, many children have become fatherless through war or have been abandoned due to economics.

We are all called to be a voice to the voiceless; these children don’t have the advocates they need to stand up on their behalf and to secure basic life necessities, such as food, education, and medical care. This is what we do. Our work is all about providing the practical but also the spiritual well being.

We want these precious children to grow up in the knowledge of God’s love and that there are good people who care about them. We cannot just bless them and send them on their way with rumbling stomachs, broken and lost, only to be rewarded with food and shelter by drug lords, terrorists, and other radical groups for doing their dirty work.

Twenty five dollars a month is more than enough to provide a poor child in Colombia with an education, regular meals, and medical care. Please help us help these children and pray for the protection of our staff and children in Colombia as we have seen a huge escalation of violence in the last few months.

Thank you in advance,

Carl Sconnely
Vice President Colombia ChildCare International

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Poverty is just the awful bi-product of an educational system
Colombia’s children didn’t get a choice of where to be born. They didn’t get a choice of what financial status their parents would have. So they now have to grow up in a world of poverty, starvation, and little hope of an education that will give them the ability to break the cycle.

I have visited Colombia many times and I have learned that poverty is just the awful bi-product of an educational system that does not reach the poorest of poor. Poverty, by definition, is “the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor”. But this really doesn’t create a picture of the destitution that many of the children of Colombia face. What little food they have is not nutritious, the water they drink can be down right toxic or full of parasites, and the lack of education only means they will never leave.

Colombia Child Care - was founded in 1999 as a non-profit making charity with the aim of tackling abject poverty. It’s website address is www.colombiachildcare.org

The charity seeks to provide for the total physical well being of the children by means of feeding programs, regular health checks, and provision of education enabling them to remain in their home environment rather than being forced onto the streets. The charity currently operates seven feeding projects, a child sponsorship program, numerous health initiatives, and education programs. Colombia Childcare is reaching close to 1200 of the most impoverished children and their families situated along Colombia’s Caribbean/Atlantic coast.

The Colombia Child Care organization runs on donations from people who really want to make a difference in the world and understand that these children are some of the sweetest kids in the world and just need a helping hand. Once they get an education, they too can come back to their villages and make a difference.

Last month I went over how Colombia ChildCare International helps underprivileged children in Colombia, but this month I will be covering exactly why the children in Colombia desperately need your help.

Colombia has been embroiled in a civil war for more than the better part of a century. This continuous conflict has left in its wake a deep mark of poverty, abandonment and desolation upon Colombia's citizens. Millions of men, women, and even worse, children are forced to live in unimaginably terrible living conditions. This extreme poverty has quickly transformed into misery and is prevalent wherever you turn in certain areas of Colombia.

The following are some eye opening statistics as to the current state of Colombia:

    • - In Colombia there are 21 million people living in material poverty (60% of the population), of which 6.5 million are children.

    • - Every day 800 children are orphaned due to violence. 50 become involved in guerilla warfare. 2 are kidnapped. 3,160 children are assaulted.

    • - Daily 1,000 young women become single mothers. 106 have abortions. 4,219 contract sexual diseases. 80 children are raped daily.

    • - 6 children commit suicide every day.

    • - Nowadays, 30 out of every 100 children of pre-school age attend school and only 60 out of every 100 children who begin primary school finish it. The main cause for children leaving schools in poor and marginalized areas is hunger. The children have to work to assist the family income, thus leaving education.

    • - Only 47% of children between 12 and 17 years of age go on to secondary education. Of those, only 30% finish their secondary education.

At Colombia ChildCare International, our goal is to reach out to these children who are simply being forgotten in a world of violence and poverty. We have started the fight by providing them with food, spirituality, and healthcare, but in order for us to be successful we need your help.

Help us give these children new education options, strengthen their values through spiritual enrichment, and open their eyes to new opportunities in their future!

- Carl Sconnely, Vice President of Colombia ChildCare International

For those of you who are not familiar with Colombia ChildCare International, we are a non-profit, 501(c)(3), Christian ministry organization.

David Taylor, an ordained Assemblies of God minister, founded the charity organization in 1999. Since its beginning, we have been helping the poorest of poor children in Colombia, helping to alleviate the social and spiritual deprivation which is so prevalent there. In 2004 through a mutual friend David Taylor and Carl Sconnely became good friends. Carl, seeing the great accomplishments of the past and the future projects that David had planned, joined the team along with Chuck Cooper and Cindy Jaeger.

To give you a better idea about what we do, below are some examples of current humanitarian programs in effect.

Among one of the largest projects currently underway, the Wayuu Indian Tribe program in La Paz (Guajira Desert) is going very well. Reyes Lindao leads the effort, which provides education and internet access for over 220 children.

The Maico Project provides 100 children with education, food, and healthcare.

One of the most interesting programs is called Kids for Kids. This program provides a male and female goat to Wayuu Indian families. By doing so, the families are able to breed the goats, which allows them to sustain themselves with the ability to produce milk, meat, and cheese.

These are just a few of the many programs currently being carried out to help impoverished Colombian Children. It only takes a mere $25 a month to sponsor an underprivileged child.

Sponsorship enables a child to receive a Christian education, a school uniform, and preventative care medicine. Spiritually we provide children with the opportunity to - receive the love of God's family, hear and accept the love of God through Jesus Christ, fulfill their potential to become all that God has created them to be, and become part of a vibrant church in their community.

Our hopes and dreams are that some of the children supported by Colombia ChildCare International will be able to take their rightful place in society and make a difference in a hurting world.

Thank you everyone for your donations and support. God Bless!

- Carl Sconnely, Vice President of Colombia ChildCare International

Colombia ChildCare International is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation

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