Second year of Project Abrazos is here!!
We are about to take the sponsored kids to the beach in Northern Colombia from June 27th through July 2, 2017.
We have done a lot of work this year with 40 children at risk for HD in Colombia, living in poverty conditions. We are now trying to expand the program to include other children from Maracaibo, where the largest populations affected by HD reside. For this, we need additional support.
We have also slightly changed the Project - for kids under 12, things remain the same. For kids over 13, we are starting a Phase 2 program aimed at education and professional training. We acknowledge that one of the best way to help these families get out of poverty and for these children to experience long-lasting benefit, we need to provide them with opportunities for them to be independent and be able to earn a living. So we will be working with local institutions and provide adolescent kids with tailored programs based on their interests and where they live.
The project 'Abrazos' (Hugs) aims to provide donations for children in Colombia living in families affected by HD. Their family situation is dire and many of the kids have been abandoned by one of their parents. Often times, the mothers are early-stage HD and have difficulties caring for the children.
Their families typically do not have any money to buy them clothes or toys, and all of the children lack proper nutrition. Their living conditions are difficult, usually lacking access to fresh water, electricity and living in inadequate housing that floods during the rainy season. The children we seek to help live in the Magdalena and Atlantico provinces of Northeast Colombia.
Factor-H works with two local Colombian HD non-profit associations who know these families well and will ensure the donation reaches the children (all under 16 years of age) who we have jointly selected for this project.
This donation will bring them hope, a chance in life, and will go towards paying for school supplies, clothes, and making some of their dreams come true. We will deliver donations twice a year and also give them a birthday and Christmas gift. With additional donations we also organize medical, dental and educational visits regularly. We want to ensure the reality they experience growing up is different from that of their affected parents and relatives. The new generation of HD kids will grow up strong and united!
We are now in our second year and we will be soliciting donations soon. Please click the 'learn more' button below to access the donation page through Go Fund Me. And thank you for your interest in helping!