The start of a new journey

Colombia Wednesday, 22 May 2024

A welcome celebration marked the entrance of 14 new Grade 1 children into our Emmanuel Care Centre. They are the first cohort of up to 30 Grade 1 children who are enrolled into the centre each year, the excited five- and six- year-olds now receiving a life-changing education through our programme in Colombia.

Flooding in Colombia

Colombia Friday, 24 September 2021

Recently, a storm hit Colombia causing terrible flooding. Floods hit our Emmanuel Care Centre and many of our children’s houses. Thankfully everyone is safe, but there was a great deal of damage. 

“I was home with my children when the rain started. Like an avalanche, the flood came. The only thing I thought about was my children.

Covid will not mean an end to education for our children

Colombia Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Due to Covid, many children in Colombia are struggling to access education. The Emmanuel Care Centre homework clubs are allowing students to still access education and use resources such as books, worksheets and computers. In a time when Covid has changed everything, the Care Centre remains a place of education, love and support.

The daily necessities to help our kids thrive

Colombia Thursday, 29 April 2021

The children at our care centre recently received a bathtime pack and a school pack. Our staff also provided girls packs to our older girls and each family were given a hygiene pack which contained hand sanitiser and disposable masks to help families take precautions against Covid.  

Doctors and dentists visit the care centre

Colombia, Wednesday, 15 May 2019

There are no hospitals in Guacamayal, Colombia where we care for over 180 kids at our care centre. Stand by Me invites doctors and dentists to visit the care centre and run clinics for our children and often their relatives too. Recently a team of nine doctors and two dentists visited the care centre.

Standing by Laura through her operation

Colombia, Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Laura started to notice a large mass on her foot which caused her pain and was beginning to deform her foot. We stepped in to help and Laura underwent an operation to remove the mass. 

80 parents receive safeguarding training

Colombia, Sunday, 10 March 2019

Our care centre ran a safeguarding training day where 80 parents attended. The training had a focus on how to report a case of abuse to the authorities as often the stigma from sexual abuse means that parents are too scared to report it. Parents are now equipped to challenge child abuse and take action and our staff are as committed as ever to see long-term transformation in the community.

Technology arrives at the Emmanuel Care Centre

Colombia, Wednesday, 06 February 2019

The children at our Emmanuel Care Centre in Colombia were ecstatic with the newest addition to the centre, a computer! They watched eagerly as the screen lit up and they excitedly took it in turns to explore the different programmes that will help in their learning.

"Mum, mum, I can hear!"

Colombia, Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Looking after our kids’ health is vital to their wellbeing and happiness so we carry out regular health checks for our kids. A health team visited our Emmanuel Care Centre to give every child a health check.

Guest Blog: A short visit to Guacamayal

Colombia, Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Bethany shares her experience of visiting Guacamayal, Colombia and meeting the children at our Emmanuel Care Centre. 

Mothers begin to bake

Colombia, Wednesday, 01 August 2018

To give families in Colombia the means to improve their lives for the long term, our care centre has been running self-sufficiency courses. One of the courses has been to teach the mothers of our children baking and pastry-making.

Building strong families in Colombia

Colombia, Monday, 14 May 2018

Stand by Me run a care centre to bring hope and care to children and families in this town. One of our aims is to provide training and support for families so that they can raise their children in a safe, secure and loving environment.

Stand by... almost there...