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Children’s Day in Colombia

Yesterday, October 31st, was Children’s Day in Colombia and Funvini’s children had a fun day hearing the story of Beauty and the Beast and then acting it out.

 

 

Give As You Live

Would you like to help raise funds for us without it costing you anything? There’s a way you can do it when you shop on-line:

 by joining         

Give as you Live is an online fundraising platform allowing users to shop at over 4,200 top stores and raise free funds for charity. The store pays Give as you Live a percentage of your total purchase price in commission and of this, a percentage is passed on to charity.

  Here’s what you do:

1. Put this link into your browser and click on it:

www.giveasyoulive.com/join/let-the-children-live  

It will take you to Let The Children Live’s ‘Give As You Live’ page.

2.Sign up for free and choose from over 200,000 UK charities to support.

3.Search for a store you want to shop with on Give as you Live – there are more than 4,200 of them!  

4.Click on the store logo on Give as you Live, and you’ll be directed to the store website.  

5. Make your purchase on the retailers website, and Give As You Live will track this transaction.

 6.The retailer then pays Give As You Live! commission for your purchase which they turn into a donation for your chosen charity!

It’s easy and it’s free, so why not raise funds for us in this way?

Our Own School

 In July this  year  Funvini opened its own school for the first of what will eventually be 3 groups of students. This first group of 19 is made up of young people from the streets and shanty-towns, both girls and boys.

Some of the girls are members of our Adolescent Mothers group and bring their babies with them.

The students are divided into two groups according to their behavioural problems and things have got off to a good start.

The school’s programme is built around the lives of the boys and girls rather than it being the other way round and is tailored to their needs. This means that whereas they could never have hoped to fit in with the requirements of the state schools, they are able to benefit from the education offered by Funvini. Their work will be validated by one of the state schools and when they have completed their education they will gain their School Certificate. Funvini also has an Extension Programme that offers the boys and girls help and advice once they have finished school.

At the moment the classes are held in Casa Walsingham, but as space is very short things are rather cramped and this is why only one group is up and running so far. When space allows a second group will be added for children with special needs and finally a third group for the choir.

 

 

May Devotion

The May Devotion took place at Casa Walsingham yesterday and the statue of our Lady was crowned with flowers.

Father Peter and Fr Enrique led the ceremony.

Easter Garden


        The Easter Garden at Casa Walsingham

 

Colombia with Simon Reeve

Some of you may have seen BBC Two’s programme on Colombia which was shown on Easter Sunday. In it Simon Reeve visited the country to try and assess what the chances were for peace now, and one of the places he visited was Medellín, where our work is based. As the programme showed, a lot of good things have been happening in the city and for many people life has improved significantly. It was good to see a more positive view of Colombia. However, our children in Medellín continue to experience a rather different reality, which unfortunately wasn’t touched on in the programme. They come from the many shanty-towns that cover the mountain sides around the city centre and for them life is still violent and often dangerous. A high proportion of the shanty-towns are controlled by a banda (a powerful gang) and it is all too easy to fall foul of the banda and find oneself in immense trouble and danger. The children with whom we work are very vulnerable and disadvantaged and whilst we hope that one day they will enjoy the benefits of the city’s progress shown in the programme, at the moment they need our help if they are to stay alive and have the chance of life, life in all it’s fulness.

Landslide News

The landslide that claimed the lives of hundreds of people, many of them children, in Mocoa, which lies a good way south of Medellín, also left people homeless and some children without parents. The Archbishop of Medellín has sent round an emergency letter asking all churches and organisations within the Archdiocese to send what they could afford to a special Account set up by Caritas and Fr Peter authorised the sending of 3,500,000 pesos, the equivalent of £1,000, from the charity.

Have you changed over yet?

For some time now we have been advising our supporters who give by Standing Order or Direct Debit that as from January 2017 the charity’s Bank Account details would be changing and that they would therefore need to give our new details to their banks. Whilst most supporters have done this, there are still approx. 72 who have not and for some of these supporters we have no contact details as they set up their Standing Orders and Direct Debits themselves. So, this is the only way we have of trying to reach them. If you still have payments going into our old account please contact your bank and give them our new account details as soon as possible.

New Account Details

Barclays Bank-Worcester Branch

Account name: Let The Children Live!

Account No: 13514919

Sort Code: 209861

Many thanks for your support.

Three Walk For 450 !

 

George on his Walk

George on his Walk

Every year George McAleenan undertakes a Sponsored Walk for the charity, to raise money for Christmas activities and presents. (Buying for 450 children is not easy!) This year, he has surpassed himself, raising £19,600 by the time this article was written on November 20th!!! This is what he himself says:

“My annual sponsored walk was completed on Sunday 23rd October, and the amount raised was £18,100.00.This was the most sponsorship money raised on all of the walks.I was accompanied this year by Aileen McNally and Frances Kennedy, two women who are very keen to support the charity and do some fundraising.They had a Justgiving page.It was good to have someone to talk to while walking for a change.The money will be used to buy plenty of christmas presents for Fr Peter’s children and to pay for some christmas parties; in other words, to bring a little bit of christmas into the lives of the children. Some of the money will also be used to pay for some of the roof repairs to our residential home which was damaged by a colony of tropical termites.”  

George and Eileen McNally

George and Eileen McNally

                                                                                                                     

Aileen and Frances also posted information on the public site of their Facebook pages and they think that this may have helped to achieve the wonderful total. 

A huge WELL DONE! and THANK YOU! to all three of you!

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