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Why Colombia?

La_costa_nortaI was fortunate to spend three months in Colombia in 2002, and I fell in love with the country.  Colombians are a wonderful, beautiful, educated, and caring people, whose only real impediment to happiness seems to be the endless 40-year civil war between the government and the rebels, paramilitary groups, and drug cartels. 

The UN estimates that there are currently over three million displaced people from this war.  Most of these refugees move to larger cities in search of safety, but the men can rarely find work other than as street vendors, resulting in many women and children resorting to prostitution to supplement the family income. In addition, UNICEF recently listed Colombia as the South American country most dangerous for children, due to the prevalence of landmines.  Uncontrolled American and European demand for cocaine is exacerbating the problem by creating the revenue with which to arm the rebel and paramilitary forces.  The Colombian people deserve our help.

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Dave,
Thank you for sending this final update on the project. The work you have done in Sincelego is simply amazing. I am glad to have been a very small part of this project via donation... thank you for giving us the opportunity to make a small impact in this enermously generous and well managed project. You not only exhibit one of my favorite things about working at Intuit (having we care and give back as part of our core operating values), you also simply set an example of what it takes to be a compassionate human being, who takes ACTION to better the lives of others. Good luck to you Dave... I'm guessing this is not the last project you will be involved in.
Kurt G(CTG San Diego)

In the mid-seventies, I stayed with Columbian college friends in Medelin and had met two Colombians who lived in Tulu. I often had to go to Sincelejo and then wait for a bus to Tulu. I received all my mail there and felt comforitable in the town as I often had to wait a day or so for transportation.
I did see the poverty, but in my early 20's I had no idea how to help.I was so surprised to see your article in HabitatWorld, and to read about Sincelejo! You are certainly a hero. Buenos Suerte!

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