The program started its activities in 1996 in the “El Cartucho” sector in the center of Bogotá, where a high number of people marginalized from society was concentrated. In 2000, the National and District Governments decided to demolish the area, forcing the displacement of this population to other neighborhoods such as San Bernardo and Las Cruces. There, in that context of pain and lack of resources, our work continued.
Starting in 2013, thanks to the help of our benefactors Henk and Lida Van Ruijven (Dutch citizens), our dream of obtaining two houses of our own began to become a reality.
In the town of Soacha we have a house that is the arrival center for children who take part in our program in this area of the city. We currently serve an approximate group of 90 children and volunteers, who are part of the community of the Rincon del Lago Neighborhood Located in (Soacha, Cundinamarca)
In this stage, visits to the houses are made to know the needs and individual problems. It is time to break barriers, gain confidence and generate bonds of friendship, essential foundation.
In our center we work with the children invited to the program in the following topics: establishment of norms, limits of mutual respect, socialization, discipline, personal hygiene and school leveling, with the aim that they can be linked to the school
normal de la comunidad.
The boys and girls that we managed to link to normal schools receive in the afternoon hours, snacks, lunch, school reinforcement, tutoring and integral and spiritual formation.
With the aim of achieving greater effectiveness in the purpose of the program, we work with parents on issues such as positive parenting, conflict resolution, development of esteem and value in God, etc.
We currently have a place located on the outskirts of Bogotá, in the municipality of San Antonio del Tequendama, where we train, guide and train our team of volunteers, children and missionaries.