Courses in Life Skills for Vulnerable Youth in Colombia
For 20 years now, the Dominican Sisters in Docordò, Colombia, have been trying to help young people. Through educational work and intensive personal accompaniment, they try to keep young people from falling into the clutches of the armed gangs, who are very prevalent and active in the region. Many of these young people are suffering and exploited, often lacking love and hope in their lives. As a result, they can often endanger their own lives as well as the lives of their family members and fellow citizens, and can lose their sense of moral integrity and not contribute to the peace and security which their country so desperately needs.
The Sisters are trying to help them through educational courses which aim to strengthen these young people, both intellectually and spiritually, so that they can become stronger personalities, more able to tackle the problems of life and with a greater sense of self-confidence and maturity and stronger moral and ethical values. They want to inspire them to deepen their faith and be ready to commit themselves for the kingdom of God, rather than destroying their own lives and that of their fellow citizens.
There is a vital need for a solid pastoral outreach in the country. The population consists of roughly 60% descendants of African slaves and 40% people of indigenous extraction, and there is a widespread belief in superstitious and shamanistic practices.
We have supported the Dominican Sisters in the past and we wish to help them once again this year in the excellent work they are doing in their educational center in Docordò. Since the people attending these courses are generally from the poorest backgrounds, they not only cannot afford to pay the cost of these courses but even have to be provided with free board and lodging by the Sisters.
We are planning to help with a contribution of $7,500.
Will you help us support these Dominican Sisters as they try to help at-risk young people in Colombia? We are sure they will remember you in their grateful prayers.
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