Working Through the Local Church
Compassion partners with local churches in the region to bring hope and relief to some of Colombia’s poorest people. Compassion’s child development centers, located in the churches, offer nutritious meals to children, many of whom are malnourished. They provide much-needed medical assistance and hygiene training to stem the tide of illness and disease that threatens the region. They offer tutoring to children who may not otherwise receive an education. Most significantly, they provide a place where neglected and abandoned children can go to receive attention and compassion – and to learn about the love of their heavenly Father.
Thanks to Compassion’s generous donors, we are making a difference in the lives of children in desperate need.
How Compassion Works in Colombia
Compassion’s work in Colombia began in 1974. Today more than 59,500 children are being served by 219 child development centers throughout the country. Young lives are being changed daily in these centers, thanks to the generosity of Compassion’s donors. Yet for all of our impact, there is still much work to be done. Currently more than 7,000 registered children in Colombia are waiting to be sponsored.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
A Compassion Partnership Facilitator often possesses a passion not just for the job, but for the children. “I believe that I have to be an advocate of children, in order for them to be in a better condition each day,” says Clara Rodriguez, a Colombian Partnership Facilitator.
The facilitator must be a tireless advocate of children, and work with local churches to create programs that meet kids’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Ensuring that the children are in a better condition each day is a tall order in a region crippled by poverty, unemployment, and wretched living conditions. Yet that is the work of the facilitator: creating a haven where children can find love, compassion, and hope for the future.