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COLOMBIA'S FORGOTTEN CHILDREN

CHALLENGE 2015/CATCHING THE VISION - Colombia is
Colombian Soldierreported to be one of the world's most dangerous societies. There are literally hundreds of thousands of displaced and disenfranchised children living in extreme poverty and in the most appalling conditions. Colombia ChildCare is seeking to reach as many of these children as possible in an attempt to restore dreams and renew hope to the many children who would otherwise have been forced onto the streets of Colombia and a certain future of child prostitution, drug addiction or the militia.

 


Josefa Cairoza

Josefa Cairoza is a 37 years old woman who has had a very difficult life indeed. She is the mother of 5 children: VICTOR SANTIAGO, KEREN, RUS, VICTOR MANUEL and MARIA ISABEL all them are aged between 3 and 13 years of age. Being a widow in Latin culture is tough there are no social benefits here or government hand outs. Josefa´s husband died last year (2012) on January 5th, after being diagnosed with AIDS, he left his family with no property or savings just a funeral debt. Rejected by her own family because of the AIDS stigma, which is many times worse than any stigmatization you might find in Europe. Josefa, thus far, has managed to provide for her family by living off hand outs by neighbours and people with good hearts. Because of the nature of her husbands death the children have been treated as outcasts by practically the entire community.


Josefa lives with her children in very poor conditions; they rent one room, there’s no adequate sanitation. Water is provided once a week and the quality is very poor. The children have suffered with sickness through the lack of clean drinking water.

Josefa works when she can, but there’s very little employment available in Santa Marta, so she cannot provide for her families needs.


Four of the children are attending the school, here known as Oasis de Esperanza (Oasis of Hope), so we thank God that we are able to provide education, some meals and a basic health plan for them. When the youngest (Maria Isabel) is a little older she will attend the school too.

VICTOR SANTIAGO AGED - 13 KEREN AGED - 12 RUS AGED - 11 VICTOR MANUEL - AGED - 9 MARIA ISABEL AGED - 3 JOSEFA CAIROZA (MOTHER) AGE 37 YEARS OLD


 

 

”I am very pleased to commend the work of Colombia ChildCare International. Their achievements in caring for some of the most needy and vulnerable children have included helping to provide education and medical care, which are both greatly needed. Colombia ChildCare International really does endeavor to put

Love Into Action.


Baroness Caroline Cox Patron of CCCI
A Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords

 

 


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