3 Charities In Medellin To Donate To This Season

Looking for new organizations to give to this December? Here are a few local charities based in and around Medellin.

Fundación Antorchas de Vida

Antorchas de Vida is an orphanage based in the Laureles area of Medellin. I went to check it out a few months ago before I made their website. After talking with a woman who is working with them there, I found out that while they love having volunteers, what’s really necessary for their day to day operations is full-time staff. They’re also in need of a van as they have dozens of kids they transport to different events.

Find out about how to donate to them here. If you can’t read Spanish, feel free to contact me and I’ll help you out.

Juventud Con Una Misión / Misericordia Medellin (JUCUM)

“JUCUM has been caring for children like Joshua for the last twenty years. I have had the opportunity to join forces with them this June.  The Mission for JUCUM is to restore and protect the lives of boys and girls who are at high risk. This includes: displaced orphans and victims of violence, intra-family abuse, and prostitution.  In the process, we provide children with the Christian Faith, love, shelter, food, clothing, education, and recreation.  While committed to continue supporting these children, JUCUM and the orphans will be evicted from their current location by the end of December, leaving them with no roof over their heads.

However, there is Hope! JUCUM has recently purchased a plot of land through generous donations and began construction on a new orphanage last year.  However, we currently lack the funds to complete construction of the new home and this is why we are asking for your help. Most of the construction is being done by local volunteers that don’t have money themselves. This home is going to offer them an opportunity to have what most of us take for granted – a place to lay their head and somewhere to call their home.  As the eviction date gets closer I have come to realize I cannot achieve this feat alone.”

You can donate via Paypal here.

Angeles de Medellin

“A program helping poor and displaced children and families in Medellin, Colombia. In our office in the barrio of Regalo de Dios each day more than 50 children and adults visit the center learn English and computers and have a safe environment to learn and discover new worlds.”

Read Joel’s story and Adam’s story to find out what it’s like to volunteer there.

Email Mark Kaseman by e-mail at:m2750k@yahoo.com for more information on how you can help.

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What are your favorite charities to donate to (in or outside of Medellin)?

  • Andrew Scott

    Hello again Jasmine. Another great post from you on a subject I am very passionate about. On both of my trips to Colombia I spent time with Fundación Mariposas Amarillas based in two barrios just outside Santa Marta. A grass roots charity that operates entirely on donations and volunteers. Some of my best memories from Colombia are with this organisation. Check out their website. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

  • http://dev.jasminewanders.com Jasmine Stephenson

    Thanks for the recommendation! I will check it out.