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The impact of the Coronavirus on the families of Santa Cecilia.

Updated: Mar 27

Our prayers are with the people of the world, as we face this time of unprecedented crisis. At the time of the mission trip, the coronavirus had not yet impacted the Santa Cecilia community. As of March 26, 2020, 470 cases in Colombia have been confirmed. The country entered a national quarantine on March 24, 2020 .


Pastor Lucy has provided us with an update on how the coronavirus quarantine will impact the work of the Foundation:


"It will totally affect us, since there is no one to care for the children in the after school program. Our challenge is to get resources from friends, families and donors to provide food to the families during this period since the children were offered food at the foundation. The tutoring will be provided at the homes. As for the Coliseum, construction has come to a halt.”


We will keep you posted on how the situation develops - and how you can help get the much needed resources of food to our families in Santa Cecilia!


Keep following our blog and Facebook Page, as we show you how your generosity made an impact in the March 2020 Mission!


Photo from the 2020 Mission



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In the Summer of 2019 classrooms were build for the children

 

 

 

in 2018 a court was built on the purchased land in Santa Cecilia, Colombia. Now the children have a place to play sports while attending the after-school program. Forming Lives Foundation will continue to support the work being done to build the entire recreation center 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission Trip August 16-23, 2017

                                  The mission team visited Santa Cecilia, Colombia to discover that a construction                                                   company donated over 20,000 bricks to help with building the   Coliseum                                                             the team assisted  in using some of the bricks to construct a road                                                                           in front of the Alliance church. (See pictures in Gallery below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

Recreation Center

 

 

    CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

 

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  • After much prayer, God has directed the Foundacion FORMAVIDA to develop a new strategy that allows the youth and young adults from the community to have a place where they can use their free time to develop and foster the talents God has given them.

  • This project will consist of the construction of a multi-purpose space which includes multi-use athletic courts, a daycare center, AND a multi-use covered gym to play basketball, soccer, and volleyball with the idea of adding classrooms  and Christian school in the future.

  • To do this we are proposing the following phases:

    • 1. First Phase: AQUISITION OF THE LAND:  a. Buy the land b. Study the topography c. Define plans d. Obtain a construction license

    • 2. Second Phase: FIRST CONSTUCTION:  a. Level the land b. Build the foundation c. Build the structure d. Level and build the parking lot e. Build walls to prevent landslides

    • 3. Third Phase: SECOND CONSTRUCTION: a. Walls and columns of center b. Bleachers c. Roof d. Lighting We are looking for partnerships, churches, organizations, schools, families, and individuals who believe that this is possible.

  • We need people who want to support us in prayer, physically and financially! We appreciate and value your consideration

  • God bless you!

   OTHER PROJECTS AT SANTA CECILIA

   OASIS:  An after school program for kids and teens to receive a holistic Christian education that includes spiritual development,       tuitoring and special activities.

  DICOCO:  Women and teens learn how to trace, cut and sew cloths helping them develop talents that God has gven them and it     encourages them to be entrepreneurs.

  HAND CRAFT FOR LIVE:  Mothers and youths identify, develop and enhance skills as they crochet bags, wallets and bracelets.

 

Fundraising

Progress

Forming Lives Foundation is committed to providing a community center where individuals and families in Santa Cecelia, Colombia can develop their quality of life: spiritually, intellectually and physically.

Thanks to our Generous Donors
 Project Status

 *Raised $27,700 as of 9/1/2020

* Paid back loan for the first land: $16,000 

With your support and contributions in Colombia we have completed the payment of the first land.

 *  Land Deed: $ 800  

Although this step was not mentioned in the original budget, without this there can not be construction license)

 

 * Topographic survey $ 600 

The actual cost was $200 more expensive than expecting

* Bakery and DiCoco Store Front with back Sewing Room Second Floor additional classrooms $10,300

For these section of the project FORMAVIDA has collected the extra $6,000 has being through different events within the community, and other local donors. 

Next Steps:

Land (ground) survey $ 1,200

* Architectural plans $ 4,000

* Structural plans $ 5,000 

* Construction license $ 3,400 

Total Needed.......................$ 13, 600

 



 

 

 

 

The Colombia Comunity

Making a Difference

The Community of Santa Cecilia, Colombia has a population of more than 10,000 people and approximately 6,000 are between the ages of 0-15. They face many of the following issues:

  • Lack of work

  • Low economic resources

  • Malnutrition & learning disabilities

  • School drop-out

  • Unwanted pregnancies, abortions and abuse

  • Violence

  • Drug-Abuse

  • Lack of Spiritual knowledge, and Life principles

 WE HAVE A DREAM....

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