During my last trip to Colombia I went to visit Fundacion Cabecitas. We made our last donation to them and I was pretty curious to see personally the social work they were doing.
What caught, my attention in first place, was the fact that they focus on helping single mom’s girls aged from 4 to 12 years. Sharing the same social goal my intention was to look for further opportunities to have impact in these girls’ lives through this organisation.
I met the founder Carmen Cecilia Rojas de Neira. She has dedicated her life helping the less fortunate. When I asked her why, she told me the most amazing story. When she was a girl she was inspired by her teachers, nuns, who taught her and her class about social differences. They also taught her that the only was to close the inequality gap was through field work (btw this was a huge scandal back then because parents thought the guerilla were influencing the nuns with communist ideas, so the parents expelled the nuns and took over. Many girls like her didn’t agreed to what the parents had done and decided to leave the school to go to another school. Just imagine leaving your school friends at age 15. What a life experience event and above all it shows her courage she had from the beginning to pursue her ideology, which made me admire her from the beginning)
Ever since then, she has dedicated her life to close the gap through hard work. She shared this with me while eating my favourite Colombian dish: Ajiaco. They had it as a surprise for me. So grateful.
Then we met the girls. They manage 2 groups: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The foundation receives the girls after or before school time. They arrive in uniform, they sing together while they wait for a healthy lunch. After this, they go to their class where teachers help them with homework. They have a reading and a computer room.
The objetive of the foundation is to create a healthy environment for these girls after school hours. Thanks to them, single moms can go to work knowing their girls are being protected. Unfortunately this organisation can only receive a limited number of girls. So there are still girls outside that are vulnerable after school hours because their moms are working and they have to be alone.
This is why I want to commit my help to this foundation. And I want to stop giving material things. What I want to give is education. I want to be able to give the opportunity to all girls in the community. Only there is a problem: we need to do it in batches of 5 girls. I would need 2 others that can commit to give for 6 years long 100 euros per month. And together we can change the life of 5 girls. If you are moved by these, and want to know more, please rise your hand and let me know.
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