Christmas Traditions in Colombia

Officially, Christmas begins on Dec. 7 when Colombian people celebrate Candle Day, an important festivity in which kids and adults join at night to light candles in the streets and windows. Offices and homes are decorated with lanterns and candles that welcome the holiday season. They are also accompanied by fireworks.

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Shooting for the Moon: 6 Kids in Poverty Share Their Dreams

We asked sponsored children in South America what they want to be when they grow up. We love their adorable photos and quotes — showing just how much hope these kids have!

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A Short Guide to Talking About Latin America

It’s human nature to use generalizations. We compartmentalize information about the world as we view it through our own tinted lenses of experiences and interactions. And if we’re not careful, that compartmentalization can shape what we think about a group of people into a singular story.

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The Zika Virus in the Americas

As the Zika virus becomes a growing concern in Latin America and the Caribbean, it’s important to stay informed on the development of the disease. Here are a few simple questions and answers to help you understand the virus and how it is affecting the communities where we work.

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The Love of Literacy

When a church in Bolivia discovered many of the mothers enrolled its Child Survival Program couldn’t read or write the official language of the country, it acted. This is what the church did.

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Child Sponsorship Marked My Life

Jhon graduated from the Child Sponsorship Program in 2007. He set the goal to study because, in spite of not getting into the Leadership Development Program and not having financial resources, he knew God would find a way to fulfill his dream.

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Inexhaustible Thankfulness

Francisco Perez remains thankful and practices everything he learned in our Child Sponsorship Program, even decades after graduating.

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Healthy Smiles

Smiles transcend time and place. We would know, we get to see a lot of them.

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We Broke the Bed

We went, seven Compassion sponsors, flush with excitement, filled with the desire to help, hearts ready to connect. We went to Gladys’ modest home to learn about her world. We went with the best of intentions. And then we broke her bed.

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And, Sometimes, Things Work Out Beautifully (A Short Story in Pictures)

Angeliz lives in a tiny, dark structure on the side of a steep hill, with her great-grandmother. She does not live with her daddy, because he left her and her mommy. And she does not live with her mommy, because her mommy soon left her, too.

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What Is God’s Greatest Treasure?

What keeps Juli involved with serving children in poverty? Not an organization, paperwork or activities. It’s children.

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The Little Things

Brandy and her group of sponsors are in Bolivia where they recently toured a Child Survival Program and met Rosario on their home visit—a time filled with little things.

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