Every year we have an amazing fundraising event where we all gather together and play Bingo. It is an absolutely fun night where you have the opportunity to win prizes, have a great time, eat delicious food, and also help save a life from the dangers of the streets of Armenia, Colombia. Here is a post from one of the people that participated in one of our Bingo events. He had the amazing opportunity to go and spend some time with the kids and see first hand the impact that it makes. It really goes beyond just a fun night. Thank you Roger for your love and compassion towards our kiddos in Colombia.
My name is Roger Ramirez and I volunteered this past June in Armenia, Colombia. Colombia is a beautiful country. High rolling mountains. Salsa music. Passion for soccer. Green coffee plants. The Spanish language. The friendly people. It was all lovely. I met the once in a lifetime person, Sonia Quintero. She welcomed me to her home. A complete stranger and she opened her heart to me. I became one with her family. A family that consisted of about 25 kids, all living in a 5 bedroom house. The beds slept on, purchased with funds from Little Changes International. Before that, the kids would sleep on the floor. The tables where we learned math and English, the same tables where we ate our meals, were also possible because of LCI. The food we ate, about half was donated from the Mercado, the other half was paid for with the little money saved up.
Gathering the food and bringing it back home took about 4 hours of work. It was truly a sight to behold. As the food laid on the floor, we each grabbed a piece, peeled off the fungus, cleaned what remained, and I remember thinking, “this isn’t the freshest looking food, but thank god, food for one more week.”
Sonia does this every Saturday. As the days went on it became clear how pervasively woven LCI is in the everyday operations of the foundation: housing, cloths, tables, beds, food, transportation, books, shoes, healthcare, school supplies, etc. Just about everything could be traced back to the generous donations and good work that LCI and everyone else involved does.
I was at the foundation helping Sonia for about 3 weeks. I taught and tutored the students in math and English. I did a little fitness and enjoyed playing soccer with them. These kids, they start out life with little to nothing, or worse. It is beyond words, the spirit of these kids in the face of enormous odds.
Without Fundacion Sembrando Esperanza, Little Changes International, Bingo Night, the generous donations, and Sonia Quintero, these kids would be sucked in to street life, and quickly; hunger, drugs, crime, loss of dignity, loss of spirit, loss of meaning, loss of life. You all directly give them hope at a chance for better days.
The Seeds of Hope kids have a huge part of me. I still speak with Sonia and the kids via Skype. My goal is to expand and enrich the education of these kids. My dream is to help bring about a transition of the foundation in Armenia in to a boarding school.
If you would like to be a part of this project don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to speak with you and hear what your thoughts and ideas are. Maybe you are not at a place in your life where you can make the leap of faith and spend three weeks with these lovely kiddos, that okay! By you participating in the Bingo fundraiser you are making more of an impact that you will ever know! The wonderful thing is that even if you can’t make it to the event, you can still participate and win! Here is the information about our BINGO!