Fr Peter from the charity “Let the Children Live” has been making an appeal across the parishes at all mass the weekend of 5th & 6th February 2022.
If you wish to check out their work please visit their website https://letthechildrenlive.org/
Let the Children Live
A Christian charity of last resort for children from the streets and shanty-towns of Colombia
Who we are
A charity of Last Resort whose aim is that the forgotten children of Colombia may have life; life in all its fulness.
Let The Children Live! is a charity that works in Colombia with children from the streets and shanty-towns of the city of Medellín. These children were once called ‘the disposable ones’ and although that name is no longer used they are still at high social risk from the violence that they experience in the streets and shanty-towns of cities such as Medellín. Most of the danger in the shanty-towns comes from the many gangs ( or bandas ) that control them. Let The Children Live! is at present working with 320 very vulnerable boys and girls in this city. For most of them it is their last hope.Their ages range from babies to teenagers and they are often unloved and unwanted; even beaten, robbed, raped and sometimes murdered. By the rest of the world they are either unknown or forgotten. The charity, which was founded by Fr Peter Walters, aims to safeguard the lives of these children from the poverty and violence of the streets and shanty-towns, and to make their lives worth living by giving them love, education and a future… read more
What do we do?
The charity was founded in 1992 by Fr Peter Walters, who first became involved with the street-children in 1982 when they helped him after he became temporarily stranded in Colombia. It is a charitable ( not-for-profit ) organisation and does not engage in political activity. “We recognise that the phenomenon of the street-children is the product of complex social problems to which there are no easy answers. Our aim is to support the Colombian people as they take the initiative in caring for the most disadvantaged of their children,” says Fr Peter. “They are making the most of their limited resources, but they need support from abroad for this work to continue and grow.
Let The Children Live! is a Christian charity and is strongly pro-life. We believe that no human being is ‘disposable’ and that every person is precious to God.We are concerned… read more
Who Are The Street-Children?
When talking about street-children in Colombia it is important to understand the different groupings of children to be found in the street. For all street-children the street, rather than the home or the school, has become the centre of their lives. Although their individual circumstances may be very different they may be divided into three main groups… read more