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Hermana Valeriana, founder and director of Hogares Luz y Vida homes for very sick and abandoned children in downtown Bogota, Colombia

Trustee Antonia Visits the Luz y Vida Children’s Home, Bogota

Children of Colombia Trustee Antonia Bonilla was very impressed by her first visit to the Luz y Vida children’s home in Bogotá, Colombia last month.
“I visited the orphanage and met several staff members as well as (founder and director) Hermana Valeriana.
“I was so moved by the incredible work of the foundation and the love and attention that the children receive. They are cared for by committed professionals: nurses, social workers, doctors, physiotherapists, dentists, nutritionists, and others.
“The cleanliness and organisation of the operation is remarkable – the children could not be in a better place.”
Children of Colombia has been supporting Hogares Luz y Vida since 2002. Hogares Luz y Vida cares for very sick, poor and abandoned children who have nowhere else to go for health care, love and support. Read more on our Luz y Vida page.


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Children of Colombia Trustee Antonia Bonilla with Funcacion Social Fenix directors Tim Ross and Beatriz and students on the Fenix education programme

Antonia’s First “Children of Colombia” Visit

Children of Colombia’s newest Trustee Antonia Bonilla said she was “extremely touched, moved and inspired” by the work of the charities (fundaciones) supported by Children of Colombia following her recent visit to Bogotá in January 2020.
Antonia met directors of all three charities and some of the children and young people in their care including the Fénix students and directors pictured above. Antonia is 2nd from left. Fénix supports young women who have been victims of poverty, sexual abuse and deprivation through mentoring, psychological help and study sessions to help them return to full time education with the prospect of a fulfilling career primarily in the health and social welfare sectors.
“I found some of these women’s career choices particularly moving,” reports Antonia.
“Angelica wants to be a social worker to help sex workers and other women needing ways to improve their lives; Sandra is studying to work in human resources to ensure employees have access to adequate work conditions after working herself for almost eight years with no paid holiday, pension or social security.
“It was very inspiring to hear about these women’s dreams and their determination to progress and work towards a brighter future.”
Follow our blog for more news about Antonia’s visit for Children of Colombia.
Keeping in close touch with our colleagues on the ground in Colombia is one of the Children of Colombia’s founding principles, so we know what they are doing, how they are getting on and exactly how funds are being spent.
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