Armenia, Colombia: Seeds of Hope
We are so excited to introduce to you our new project! We have recently been given the opportunity to partner up with a Colombian organization to help stop a vicious cycle of child abuse, labor and homelessness in Armenia, Colombia.
In Armenia, it is not rare to find children asking for money out on the streets, or to see them working odd jobs for very little pay. In this particular city many children are forced to work in order to provide for their families. Many of these families are made up of women who are slaves to the sex industry and/or addicted to drugs. The fathers of these children, who are more than likely not involved, are also addicted to drugs and usually struggle with alcoholism. Most of these homes are unstable and present a very violent and dangerous environment in which the children are in most cases responsible for the well being of the entire family. These children are forced to leave school and go to the streets, leaving their innocence behind as they are victims of abuse, drugs, violence, and often abandonment from their own family.
Little Changes International wants to make it possible for this cycle to stop. We want to be the voice for those who are not heard. We want people to know that these precious children who are on the streets are not there because they chose to leave their wonderful life, but because unfortunately they don’t have families who will fight for them. Little Changes International wants to give these children an opportunity at life. We want them to be educated, to be healthy, and most of all to know what it feels like to be loved. We want to help Sonia with a home that will house 25 children who have been left to mend for themselves – a home for these children who have been through it all and are ready to move on with life.
However, this house will serve for more than just a home for these children. Some of our goals for this house are: for children to be reinstalled back in school, to host 150 children that will be fed nutritious meals on a daily basis, to provide counseling in order for them to cope with their traumatic experiences, to provide after-school activities, to provide medical care and drug rehabilitation, and to provide edification through the Word of God. Lastly, this home will also host “preventative schools” for children at risk, and for children who are already attending school but need extra support.
Please help us make this project possible by praying for each of the children that will live in this home, and for those who will be involved with any of our projects. You can also help us by donating whatever you can to Little Changes International. You can find how to donate by going to get involved tab on our website. Your donation for this project will go directly to help pay for this home and everything that is needed in order to reach our goals.