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Parenting with Love is a project addressed to children from vulnerable family backgrounds. Households living at the poverty line suffer greatly from the lack of education, basic needs and most of all opportunities given to them. Without prospect and optimistic goals to brighten their future, youth growing up in this environment of desperation are likely to choose a troublesome path through life. Through our commitment we have been able to prevent 250 children from severe social harms every month. [Please note that there is no specific age group to this project as our current participants range from 5 - 18 years.]

Who we are
The Centro de Desarrollo Comunitario Versalles is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Colombia, working for over 20 years in the four departments of Caldas, Quindío and Chocó and Risaralda. Our mission is focused on community development and the assistance of vulnerable populations within the social system. We provide for children, youth, families, the elderly and indigenous people. Living in conditions of constant threats to their well-being, the most endangered parts of society suffer from the deprivation of basic needs and opportunities to improve their situation. Our objectives are to oppose poverty, social exclusion and inequalities by means of education, training, information, measures of employment creation, legal assistance and rehabilitation, psychological care, nutrition, and most important capacity building. We believe that starting to return hope to the lives of our beneficiaries and give them future prospects will not only affect them - but in return they will pass their positive attitude to the community. With our support we can help them to help themselves. Therefore: The Community is our reason to be!

What is the problem?
The municipality of Manizales, located in the department of Caldas, part of Colombia's agriculturally dominated Coffee Region, has approximately 3.500 children originating from troubled living conditions. Most prevalent hazard factors for these children are: domestic violence, drug abuse, youth delinquency, life on the streets, teenage pregnancies and unsafe sex, sexual or other forms of abuse. The lack of parental guidance, proper education, useful leisure time activities and future prospect enhances their risk of exposure to the above listed threats.

How does our project solve the problem?
Our project provides those socially endangered children with a secure whereabouts to keep them from straying on the streets and avoid their entanglement in illegal or dangerous actions. With competent, attentive staff to take care of them, we offer them formal and non-formal education, i.e. supervised homework assistance, tutoring in various subjects, discussions on relevant topics as child rights, values etc.; recreational activities as artisan crafts, games or sports to encourage their talents; and a healthy nutrition for the length of their stay in our facilities.

What is our main goal?
The long-term purpose of the project aims at capacity building. This involves the development of a generation shaped through strong and confident personalities, who will be capable of creating opportunities for their future, progress positively and reach their desired life goals. The personal stability of those adolescents is the key factor that will reduce potential hazards, protect them from illegal actions and encourage them to choose an optimistic path instead.

Signed,

Luis Eduardo Arango Alvarez

This petition closed about 1 year ago

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How can you get involved?
As a non-profit, non-partisan organization we are always seeking for partnerships with other organizations, political or civil society institutions, enterprises and private...

How can you get involved?
As a non-profit, non-partisan organization we are always seeking for partnerships with other organizations, political or civil society institutions, enterprises and private individuals. In order to keep our social services working and avoid project interruptions, that will provoke negative effects for our beneficiaries, we count on the helping hands of our supporters. A great part of supporting our work necessarily relies on financial resources. Essential for the implementation of this specific project, they will be directly used for it's funding and ensure the immediate benefit of the community. The total cost of Parenting with Love amounts to 54,500US$. 40% of this cost will employ highly qualifies and attentive staff to take care of our little beneficiaries; 30% are used to buy materials such as crafts materials, stationery supplies, books, sports and technical equipment; 20% will provide for the nutrition of the children and other services (water supply, electricity, internet); and 10% amount to the costs of running the project. But small funds also help the greater cause: only 5$ will help to feeda child for 30 days8US$ will provide education to one child for 1 month. 20US$ can already provide nutrition and a protected space to a child for 120 days.33US$ will provide education to one child for 4 months80US$ will educate 10 children for 1 month100US$ can feedand offer a secure space to 5 children for 1 month. Apart from that anyone can maintain our program through other material goods as (technical) equipment, teaching materials, toys, food donations etc. 

We believe that starting to return hope to those children's lives and give them future prospects will not only affect them - but in return they will pass their positive attitude to the community. With our support we can help them to help themselves.

Help spreading our petition, forward and sign it, so we can reach our goal of establishing new partnerships and raise enough funds to maintain this project.To directly support Parenting with Love or get more information about our work and the project, don't hesitate to contact us: E-Mail: centroversalles2@gmail.com

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