ICCM began in Colombia in 1999. In recent years, many children in the community of the Free Methodist Church in Bogotá have become at risk for abuse and trafficking. Their grave vulnerability led Pastor Libni and his local church and friends to establish a foundation and open a home for girls in need. Sponsorship helps provide a safe haven to avoid abuse, sex trafficking, neglect, abandonment and other hardships.
The hostel, called Findesin (“The-End-of-Without”) is also known as Panal de Vida or “The Beehive” because of the constant activity of the girls who live there with their caregivers. Daily activities include going to school, participating in church activities, exercising, and helping with chores. Having come to the hostel in need of food, clothing, shelter, education, and love, some did not even know how to read but now are performing at the top of their class. The girls with special needs receive extra assistance. Pastor Libni’s goal is to assist the girls until they complete college, which is a lofty goal! The home will take in more girls as space and finances permit.
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facts about colombia
Languages: Spanish (official)
Religions: Roman Catholic 79%, Protestant 14% (Pentecostal 6%, Mainline Protestant 2%, other 6%), other 2%, unspecified 6%
Population: 47,688,524 (July 2017 est.)
Median Age: 30 years (2017 est.)
Literacy: (age 15 and over can read and write) Total: 97.2%, Male: 94.1%, Female: 94.4% (2015 est.)
School life expectancy: – Total: 14 years, Male: 14 years, Female: 15 years (2015)
Percentage below poverty level 27.8% (2015 est.)