L to R: Gwyneth Simmons (Sec), Fiona Raikes, Francisca Sankson (Chair), Alex Raikes, Bryony Simmons (Treasurer)
Children of Colombia welcomed new Trustees Fiona and Alexandra Raikes to the charity's board of Trustees at our recent meeting at our Cotswold base earlier this month. Kate Seal, the sixth Trustee, was away on the date of the meeting but had met with Trustees a few days previously. Every member of the Board has lived in Colombia and Alex, Francisca and Fiona are bi-lingual English/Spanish speakers with families and friends still living in the capital, Bogota.
The new Board is proud to continue its original philosophy and mission statement of staying in close contact with the organisations we support to monitor their progress and goals and keeping overheads to a bare minimum to ensure the money raised goes to the children who need it most and not on travel, phone or other expenses.
Trustees were delighted to approve the transfer of substantial funds to each of the fundaciones in Colombia following Alex's successful London Marathon run and other generous donations - especially from our kind and loyal regular supporters - and discussed ways to raise funds and continue our support of the children and young people in Luz y Vida, Fenix and Natutama in Colombia. Watch this space!