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Ministry Highlight: Colombia
Posted By Web Team On February 24, 2012 @ 3:19 am In Children in Poverty | No Comments
We began our ministry in Colombia in 1974 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2005, we started the Leadership Development Program.
During 37 years of ministry, we have served over 90,000 children in Colombia and have raised awareness of the need for holistic child development and child advocacy among Christian leaders across the nation.
In the last 10 years, we have doubled the size of our staff, and we tripled the number of children we are serving. And we have graduated more than 22 Leadership Development Program students.
In 2000, Carlos Escobar was appointed Country Director of our ministry in Colombia.
Prior to coming to the ministry, Carlos served as associate pastor at a Foursquare church for five years and held various management positions within secular companies for ten years prior to that.
Carlos holds a bachelor’s degree in administration from Eafit University, and a diploma in Management from Valle University.
Implementing Church Partners
Implementing Church Partners are local churches in Colombia with whom we work to deliver child development programs and frontline ministry in the field.
Prior to 1999, Colombia was declared a Catholic nation and no other faiths were permitted. Currently other faiths are permitted, but people generally reject beliefs that differ from the Catholic tradition.
It is difficult for them to have time to attend the child development center because they are at school for so many hours during the week.
Child Development Through Sponsorship
Your sponsorship of a child in Colombia provides a variety of benefits.
The government is trying to mandate a school schedule that begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. in all of the major cities. A large percentage of registered children attend school either in the morning or the afternoon and attend the child development center when they are not in school
However, if the children do not receive food at school, then Implementing Church Partners provide lunch every day.
Also, trainers are readily available to teach these skills.
Leadership Development Program
In the congress, they participate in camps, training and celebrations of special events such as Christmas.
Complementary Interventions in Colombia include nutritional rehabilitation for malnourished registered children, dental health intervention, basic sanitation and disease prevention for children under the age of 7. We also offer entrepreneurship opportunities, Leadership Development Program student housing and disaster relief .
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