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  • Let The Children Live: Welcome to
    Meet Our UK Staff Contact us Smart Text Giving Event Locations Event Categories My Bookings Our US Site Donate to Let The Children Live Click on the Charity Checkout link below to donate to Let The Children Live UK taxpayers can increase the value of their donations by using the Gift Aid scheme To do this please click on the Gift Aid button to download the necessary form Gift aid

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  • Latest News - Let The Children Live
    is our NEW CD 8 00 2 00 P P Click on tiny arrow to hear an extract from the CD http www letthechildrenlive org wp content uploads 2016 01 10 God Bless Us Every One copy m4a Posted in Updates No Comments Choir News Training Session for Cor Videns PASABOCAS latest CD from COR VIDENS Now available at 8 00 plus P P 2 00 for UK customers Please ring for price of postage for more than 1 copy or for outside UK Click on the link to hear an extract Ring 01302 858369 to order a copy http www letthechildrenlive org wp content uploads 2016 01 10 God Bless Us Every One copy m4a Funvini s choir Cor Videns recently underwent a week s intensive training on a course run by Mr Adrian Lucas who flew over to Medellín in order to run the course for them In the photo above you can see them in one of their training sessions and below is a photo of the whole group together with left to right Adrian Lucas Emerson Osorio Choirmaster Fr Peter and Sebastián Palacio At the end of the week s course they put on a short concert Hear seven of the older boys the Cambiata Group sing Barbershop My Evaline one of the songs they performed in the concert Just click on the link below http www letthechildrenlive org wp content uploads 2016 01 My Eveline2 m4a The Cambiata Group AND hear the choir sing on their latest CD Pasabocas which is now available at a cost of 8 00 plus P P 2 00 in UK Ring 01302 858369 to order a copy for more information Click on the link below to hear another short extract http www letthechildrenlive org wp content uploads 2016 01 05 Benedictus and Alleluia m4a Posted in Updates No Comments A Thousand Thanks In Gratitude to Funvini for taking and welcoming me a street child and beginning the process of sowing values responsibility and many other good qualities in me to prepare me for life For the marvellous work of the Educators who made me a citizen and a Bachiller and gave me the hope of a professional career I want to record a thousand thanks Those words were written by a teenager from the streets of Medellín They were inscribed on a little plaque that he gave to Funvini on the occasion of his receiving his Bachillerato his High School Certificate He was one of 8 young people who graduated as Bachillers at a special ceremony on Saturday December 19th 2015 and at which I was privileged to be present These 8 teenagers all came from the streets of the city and had been enabled to study and gain their qualifications due to the support of Funvini which had paid for their education and supplied much encouragement and all the additional back up needed at Casa Walsingham Some of them had slept in the street at night then gone

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  • Let The Children Live: 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 they are 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 500 very vulnerable boys and girls in this city For most of them it is their last hope Their ages range from six year olds 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 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 This website will give you an overview of our work and tell you how you can become part of it and make a difference to the lives of our children Greetings from Medellín Colombia New CD Now Available See below for more details Remember to check Latest News Updates New CD now available Ring 01302 858369 to order a copy for 8 00 plus P P 2 00 in UK Ask for information on other postage prices Click on the link to hear an excerpt http www letthechildrenlive org wp content uploads 2016 01 10 God Bless Us Every One copy m4a Excerpts of songs on

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  • Let The Children Live: What do we do?
    of children from the streets and shanty towns of Colombia s cities and in particular the city of Medellín It aims both to safeguard the lives of children from the violence and poverty of the streets and to make their lives worth living by giving them love education and a future And it Lets the Children SING Click on the link to listen to an extract from the choir s new CD PASABOCAS http www letthechildrenlive org wp content uploads 2010 11 08 Duerme Negrito copy m4a 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 Because the children have no one they really belong to us all Unless we help them these children will remain disposable ones throwaway kids with no future at all 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 to ensure that each child is cared for as an individual with his or her own special needs and can experience life in all its fullness Thanks to the generosity of our supporters the lives of

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  • Let The Children Live: Street Children
    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 Street working children These children come from poor families who have to send them out to work to earn the money they need in order to survive They may sell such things as sweets cigarettes fruit flowers or drinks They may clean car windscreens at traffic lights or juggle or even sing on buses Late at night they return to their homes in the shanty towns These form the largest group of street children Many of them will eventually drift into life in the street full time if no one intervenes to offer them an alternative Children in the street These children tend to come from even poorer families and they have nothing to sell They spend the day in the street begging sorting through rubbish and playing around but they also have some sort of homes and they usually sleep there However they too are in danger of breaking

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  • Let The Children Live: Why the Problem
    Violencia The Violence started in Bogotá and quickly spread to the countryside Various groups of guerrillas were formed and more than 300 000 people were killed Although La Violencia officially ended in 1953 it started a movement of thousands of peasants from their lands into the cities and this migration has never stopped In the 1970s various paramilitary groups were formed and fighting between them and the guerrillas often took place in the country areas with the peasants being caught inbetween In the 1980s and 1990s there were many massacres forcing even more peasants to flee to the cities Other families found themselves threatened by groups of guerrillas or paramilitarias and forced often at the end of a gun to leave their homes Many experienced the loss of their children particularly girls as they were taken for forced military service by guerrilla or paramilitary groups Many were injured or killed by the mines laid to protect the drug crops and destroy the army This plus the continuing war against drugs has forced many thousands of refugees to flee from the countryside into the cities and still it goes on Shanty town in Medellín home to some of those displaced by the violence 2 Poverty When the peasants arrive in the cities they have nowhere to live so they build shacks for themselves in the shanty towns Here the very violence from which they have fled has broken out and is beyond control Most of this violence is related to drugs and the fight for control of the drugs trade Many young people join the bandas street gangs and there is a constant threat of battles between them as they fight for supremacy Add to this the many criminal gangs that abound in the city and the result is a level of violence that is incredibly high Life is cheap of no value whatsoever In this setting live the thousands of people who have fled the violence of the countryside and the ultimate victims of this situation are the children Their lives are uprooted when they have to escape the violence of the countryside often having to leave all their possessions behind Sometimes their families break up as when one or both parents are killed or are forced to run away Children orphaned in this way usually end up living in the streets Not only does this mean that children are deprived of their education there is also the problem of what they do in the daytime If their parents have work the children who don t go to school are either locked in the house all day or are sent out into the street In many ways street life can appeal to a child s sense of freedom and adventure and so it is not surprising that it is often more attractive to them than life at home in the shanty towns Once in the street they are prey to all its dangers violence crime drugs and once captured by

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  • Let The Children Live: Life on the Streets
    of the noise and you will probably have to smoke a joint of marijuana to prevent you having nightmares about the things that have happened to you or your friends You must be prepared to be hungry cold and wet to have your shoes stolen whilst you are asleep to be thrown out of your sleeping place by the police or night watchmen to be woken by the sound of gun fire or to be attacked yourself Night is the most dangerous time to be in the street so if you are offered the chance to sleep in a shelter take it Or you could use the proceeds of a robbery to pay for a room for the night but this is very dangerous so be careful because if you are caught stealing you will be punished severely and you might even be stabbed and killed Health hazards In the street you won t be able to wash yourself or your clothes properly so you may suffer from boils scabies or other skin diseases You will have to go to the toilet in the street and you will have no toilet paper so your bottom will get sore and you will smell You will itch a lot because you will probably have nits fleas or lice As you don t have a toothbrush and toothpaste you may have bad breath and toothache You are unlikely to have access to a doctor or dentist If you have to sleep where it is damp you are likely to get coughs colds bronchitis or even pneumonia The sewers are infested with rats so if you hide or sleep there a bacterium in their urine can give you Weil s disease This would damage your liver and kidneys Cuts or other wounds will become infected very quickly and without treatment they could become gangrenous If this happens you will have to have an arm or leg amputated Malnutrition will stunt your growth and make it harder for your body to fight disease You may find that sniffing glue will help take your mind off all this for a while However this habit is very dangerous and can damage your lungs and your brain It may get into your hair and the only way to get rid of it will be to have it all cut off The glue will make you aggressive so people won t want to help you and you are likely to get into serious fights If you do you may smash your glue bottle and use it as a weapon with which to stab or even kill other street kids or they may kill you You may meet people in the street who will offer you drugs for free especially one called basuko They will tell you that it will make you feel good and try to persuade y ou to take it Don t do it It is a very dangerous drug and once you take it you will

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  • Let The Children Live: Funvini
    How You Can Help Meet Our UK Staff Contact us Smart Text Giving Event Locations Event Categories My Bookings Our US Site Donate to Let The Children Live Click on the Charity Checkout link below to donate to Let The Children Live UK taxpayers can increase the value of their donations by using the Gift Aid scheme To do this please click on the Gift Aid button to download the necessary form Gift aid Powered by Donation Can Funvini Funvini is short for Fundación Vivan Los Niños and is Let The Children Live s partner in Medellín Fr Peter Walters is the Director of Funvini which has about 20 Colombian staff and runs programmes for approximately 550 children and young people who either live or work in the street or shanty towns or are at high social risk It is the charity of last resort it does not give up on its children no matter how difficult they may be and below it there is no other help available to them It exists to offer the disposable street children of Colombia life life in all its fullness On the following ten pages you will find information about various aspects of

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