• Angie Hanlon-Toth

World Refugee Day

Colombia has received over 1.1 million refugees from Venezuela. To commemorate today, here are the stories of two refugees who receive services from Forming Lives Foundation. Because of the generous support from people like you, these refugees from Venezuela have been able to restart their lives in Santa Cecilia.

Alexandra Martinez Testimony

" I had recently arrived from Venezuela and I needed to feed my two year old daughter and myself. Rosario, a neighbor, told me about the soup kitchen at the foundation where I would be able to get the help I needed."

"Since I needed further help, as I was alone with my daughter, Pastor Lucy gave me a job in the kitchen. It started out as a temporary job and now I am a full-time employee working Mon-Fri 9am-6:30pm serving lunch and dinner to the children in the after-school program and attending to the kitchen. Now, I am getting to know God. I am receiving the love of God through the Pastor and her teachings. I do attend the church services when I can, but the hope is to come on a regular basis."

"I want my daughter to have a healthy and spiritual life; the Foundation is a place where she can get feed both physically and spiritually. This is definitely the place for her to grow as she has the opportunity to know the Lord as so many other children currently have and more will have with the addition of the Coliseum."

Bray's Story

(Reposted from September 2019)

Bray and his siblings are some of the hundreds of children who come to Fundacion Formavida. Bray is a regular participant in our after-school program, where he receives tutoring, practices sports, and can enjoy his childhood with other kids in a safe place. Bray is also a refugee of the Venezuelan crisis; he and his four siblings were forced to migrate to Colombia, as they knew this would ensure their survival. Because of the community center and its programs, we give children like Bray a place to belong, so he can learn, build friendships, and discover new knowledge.

We at Forming Life Foundation in partnership with Fundacion Forma Vida are helping Bray and his family grow and overcome the adversities in their lives. They have found a new family and community, and their lives are being positively impacted through our programs.


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






  • 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!


   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.




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



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