Coming together is a beginning
Staying together is progress
and Working together is success
- Henry Ford
Project 143 and La Casa met by accident two years ago after our many failed attempts to start a host program in Colombia. Our partnership turned into a friendship and a joint crusade to help as many children as possible in Colombia. We share a passion for vulnerable children and families that I feel is unmatched by others. Our families and we are blessed to call them friends and partners.
Casa De La Madre El Niño (House for Mothers and Children) is our partner's official name in Colombia. While this is their first home for children, La Casa (House 1), is an extraordinary organization that has developed three additional homes to help mothers, families, and children in many aspects of their lives. La Casa is a home for over 140 orphaned children from newborns to 12 years old.
Imagina (House 2) is a transition home for older children who are being adopted. This marvelous home provided a warm environment to prepare children for their new lives through counseling, English lessons, elevated healthcare, and schooling.
Colombia's first Dream House (Home 3) serves as a transitional housing model for young ladies who have grown up in institutions throughout Colombia. It is a safe space to transition into independent adulthood while pursuing a college degree.
Lastly, their Teen Pregnancy Home (House 4), currently under development, provides a home for teenage unwed mothers. These children are taught life skills as well as parenting skills. La Casa supports their decision to keep their children or give them up for adoption.
We are better together!
Together, P143, La Casa, and YOU continue to provide hope and support beyond hosting and adoption. We have fixed water issues at Casa 1, purchased much-needed PPE supplies, created inviting educational spaces for kids. Also, we provided safe housing for pregnant women escaping from Venezuela's worst-ever economic crisis, creating an exodus of about 2 million Venezuelans in Colombia under unemployment and growing poverty.
With the La Casa team, everything is personal which is what makes this team so special and a joy to work with. For example: One of the young Venezuelan women recently had a baby at La Casa. As she knew she had a sick mother back at home and had little to give to a new baby, she gave her child up for adoption. One of the La Casa team members took her into her home, provided her a job and is helping her manage her finances so she can take care of herself and her mom. And, a P143 family in Colombia to adopt, heard her story and immediately pulled money from his pocket and said 'please buy her mom the medicine she needs'.
We truly are BETTER TOGETHER!
For more information about La Casa, visit their website: la-casa.org
Or email our Founder - Tammy Cannon at [email protected].
Photos courtesy of La Casa