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Trustee Kate Seal collected the full Children of Colombia collecting box recently from Colombia Coffee Roasters in Oxford's Covered Market. It was heavy - customers and staff had collected an amazing £40.57. This lovely amount will go straight towards helping our three foundations in Colombia:

Luz y Vida's homes for sick and abandoned children in S Bogota, Fenix which provides education and care for disadvantaged girls and Natutama's environmental education and conservation programme for local children on the Amazon River.

People’s loose change can make a big difference!

Congratulations to Colombia Coffee Roasters for opening their new coffee shop in Summertown.

"Colombia Coffee Roasters are speciality, single-origin coffee roasters born and based in Oxford (UK). We are part of a generation of coffee growers in Colombia with a strong focus on delivering high-quality coffee and education, whilst supporting Fair Trade conditions to ensure our coffee is sustainable and ethical."

Find out more at https://www.colombiacoffeeroasters.co.uk

Children of Colombia Trustee Antonia Bonilla was very impressed by her first visit to the Luz y Vida children's home in Bogota, Colombia last month.

"I visited the orphanage and met several staff members as well as (founder and director) Hermana Valeriana.

"I was so moved with the incredible work of the foundation, the love and attention that the children receive. They are cared for by committed professionals: nurses, social workers, doctors, physiotherapists, dentist, 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.

Hogares Luz y Vida founder and director Hermana Valeriana with one of the children cared for at the orphanage in Bogota, Colombia.

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 Bogota in January 2020.

Antonia met directors of all three charities and some of the children and young people in their care including the Fenix students and directors pictured above. Antonia is 2nd from left. Fenix 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.