Helping families in Colombia

by Jiten Patel in London, England, United Kingdom

Helping families in Colombia
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On 12th January 2020 we successfully raised £1,950 with 53 supporters in 69 days

Helping those in need with simple necessities

by Jiten Patel in London, England, United Kingdom

Last Christmas, I decided not to buy myself, my friends or my families any presents. Instead, I sent the money to a friend in Colombia who would go on to help families in need.

Several families living in Cartagena, a city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, benefited by receiving simple necessities such as food, medicines, clothing and in some cases, a ruck sack with stationary for the children to have in school. We've continued to contact some of the families, since most of them are Venezuelan immigrants in need of assistance as they settle in Colombia. The children are doing well at school and I'm looking forward to helping them in next academic year beginning in February 2020.

Many of you might ask, why Colombia? Why not here in the UK or in other parts of the world? Problems in the world seem to be endless. I can't change the world overnight but I can do my part bit by bit. Last year, I volunteered in a remote area in Argentina across construction, special needs and child care. I came home enriched having experienced first hand what problems in developing countries truly are.

I grew up in a working class family and went to a rough school. Regardless of my situation I had the opportunity to have an education. However, millions of children around the world do not have this opportunity.

The money raised through this page will be used to continue buying more food, clothing and medicine where required. It will also be used to find a supplier and bulk buy ruck sacks and stationary for children to use in school.

All donations made will be greatly appreciated and will go a long way in bringing joy to more families in need. 

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