Have a look at the heartwarming scenes and happy faces during our annual present distribution.
Situation in Colombia is concerning
COVID-19 hits the most vulnerable
non-profit organisation helping Colombian children in need
Who we are
In the remote villages of Palomino, Northern Colombia, the population was living under the constant fear of paramilitary activity and people being forcibly displaced for a long time. Still today it is characterised by poverty and a general lack of perspective. Tourism has brought some economic activity in the recent years. However, following the crisis in Venezuela, the numbers of incoming Venezuelan refugees has skyrocketed, which has affected these border regions in particular.
Children are often home alone or in the streets as they have nothing to play with and often struggle at school. Their parents lack the educational background and thus, have limited possibilities to support them. Basic needs such as a quiet spot to do their homework or toys that support their intellectual development are missing, leaving the children bored and frustrated in the streets. They have little perspectives for their own future leading into a downward spiral of getting involved in criminal activities or becoming parents at a very young age too and then the cycle starts to repeat with their own children.
The foundation aims to break this downward spiral and support the local community by providing activities, education and a safe space for the children of Palomino. Our vision for the long-term is to sustain the foundation’s work with the revenues from our finca and guesthouse and become independent from donations.
In 2007, Denis Heilporn, a Belgian citizen, started social work in the area by providing daily meals to children. Sadly, Denis Heilporn passed away in 2009 and Javier Palacio initiated the foundation in his honor, following the request of his mother Andrée Heilporn Marissal. His initiative has grown over the years and today we employ local staff as well as provide the necessary facilities in order to create a perspective for the ones in need. We aim to keep administrative cost to an absolute minimum, donations go directly to the local community of Marquetalia. Javier runs the foundation ad honorem and all efforts in connection with the foundation are fully voluntary. With the generous support of donors we are able to give them access to educational books, toys and basic healthcare.
We wish you a Happy New Year! Thanks to your solidarity and support we were able to help the most vulnerable families and their children through this very hard 2020. Furthermore, the various projects we could launch make us hopeful that the community will sustain this crisis and beyond.
FDH Columbia thanks AMA (Apoya a Madres que Ayudan) for the support. Solidarity unites us and makes us better people by helping those in need.
We would like to invite you to visit this wonderful exhibition of Ikal Independent Art & Martin's Atelier, which hosts a generous charitable auction supporting our foundation.
We are pleased to share our October newsletter.
Our Foundation was linked in September with the Belgian Association AMA (Supports Mothers who Help). Thanks to the great work of these Colombian mothers, residing in Belgium, we are promoting a solidarity campaign, the objective of which is to collect as much money as possible for the purchase of food. To this end, AMA is currently organizing sports activities and the sale of used clothing.
Thanks to your ‘adopt a family’ donations, our foundations managed to deliver the food boxes to a total of 60 families (248 persons) from April to June 2020. Our foundation also managed to continue the delivery to all these families from July to September 2020; until now 480 boxes have been delivered.
We initially bought 400 masks in June and we distributed additional 4600 masks donated by the Grupo Carvacaro SA in August.
We would like to share with you our new video from the 5th delivery. Since April 2020, we have been delivering every 2 weeks food to 60 families with kids (248 persons), which corresponds to 300 boxes.
Off the international spotlight, Colombia is still fighting against increasing numbers in COVID-19 cases. Tourism is inexistent in the north of Colombia leading to broken supply chains for the local communities. After almost three months since the outbreak the situation is still critical. We are happy to inform that we were able to distribute food boxes to 60 families with a total of 248 individuals for the fourth time. Furthermore, we provided 400 masks to the people in order to enable a safe social life.
Today we were able to distribute the third delivery of food boxes. We continue to give boxes of food among the people in very precarious conditions, including homeless immigrants from Venezuela. Our sole employee Diomedes Sanguino made a great effort to reach all families in need. The Colombian Army is still supporting us with the logistics and the transport.
Today Diomedes Sanguino, the employee of our foundation , delivered 60 boxes of food to help the most vulnerable families with two or three children. As usually we also gave boxes of food among the people in very precarious conditions, including homeless immigrants from Venezuela. Next delivery will take place in two weeks.