Stand By Me

Bringing hope to Guacamayal

Colombia Wednesday, 09 August 2017

Occupying the largest site in the heart of Guacamayal is a building referred to by children and parents alike as "The Centro". A far cry from the surrounding dark and squalid housing, the Emmanuel Care Centre is a hub exploding with joy and hope. 

Support for José at a hard time

Colombia Thursday, 20 July 2017

Each day José comes to the Stand by Me care centre for food, homework help, games and medical care when needed. However, last year we started to notice some behaviour changes in José and discovered that he was struggling to cope with his parents separation.  

Lunch time in Guacamayal

Colombia Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Stand by Me has renovated the Emmanuel Care Centre's canteen with the addition of new tables, chairs and table cloths. Now more children can eat their lunch at one time and enjoy sharing a meal together.

Sweets to celebrate Easter

Colombia Friday, 28 April 2017

All around the world, Stand by Me projects celebrate occasions in their own way. In Colombia at Easter time, families share in a tradition of baking sweets and giving them to their relatives and neighbours to spread joy.

Graduation celebration

Colombia, Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Five of our girls; Jeraldinis, Yuranis, Guissett, Adriana and Margarita, recently completed their High School education. This is a fantastic achievement for these five young women and one worth celebrating. 

A special birthday for a brave girl

Colombia, Thursday, 30 March 2017

Kethy, age 15, is full of courage. She lives in Guacamayal in Colombia where poverty is endemic and many families, hers included, struggle to make ends meet. Not only has Kethy had to stay hopeful when opportunity is scarce but she has battled with medical problems. 

Treasured Possessions

Colombia, Tuesday, 24 January 2017

It’s incredibly important to each child’s sense of value and stability that they’re surrounded by people who love them and care about them. Child sponsorship supports this further by giving our kids a relationship with someone who loves them and helps them feel part of a wider family.

Hurricane Matthew impacts our kids

Colombia, Monday, 10 October 2016

Hurricane Matthew’s path of destruction has made headlines but little has been reported about the impact on Colombia. In Guacamayal where we work there has been extensive flooding. 

Natalia gets her smile back

Colombia, Wednesday, 07 September 2016

One day Natalia was playing ball games with her cousin and a friend by the river when a collision caused one of Natalia’s front teeth to break, leaving her with a gap.

Bags of potential

Colombia, Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Many of our children in Colombia live in slum like conditions and new school resources are unaffordable for most families. Great excitement spread through our care centre when new schools bags packed with resources were given to each child. 

Ketty's wheelchair-friendly home

Colombia, Friday, 06 May 2016

Ketty has a brave heart but she’s struggled with a medical condition that has limited her ability to walk. Her small family home was detrimental to her health. So, we rebuilt her house fully equipped with wheelchair access and a wet room.

Feliz Cumpleaños

Colombia, Wednesday, 03 February 2016

Each year, on a certain day, we are showered by joyous choruses of “Happy Birthday”, we may get to blow out some candles, eat some cake, and maybe even unwrap some gifts. For our kids in Colombia, a birthday celebration means so much more.

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