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  • Let The Children Live: Casa Walsingham
    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 Casa Walsingham Casa Walsingham Walsingham House is named after The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk England where Fr Peter Walters then an Anglican was based when he founded Let The Children Live in 1992 It is Funvini s Centre in Medellín Many of the boys and girls with whom Funvini works come here each day and every effort is made to attend to their needs They receive a well balanced lunch plus morning and afternoon snacks Many of them go to school so help with homework is available and various craft and leisure activities are on offer The children receive regular medical and dental check up as well as vaccinations A medical room is available for the treatment of minor ailments or when a medical examination is necessary The house has 4 floors and at the top is a chapel A new wing was opened in 2009 and in it are several more rooms and space for a lift which will be installed when money is available The atmosphere in the house is warm welcoming and relaxed and our children are very much at home there Normally full and very busy Casa Walsingham also acts as a venue for various large occasions and celebrations Music plays a large part in the life of Funvini and it has a choir which is based at Casa Walsingham You can read more about this on the page called The Choir Not all of Funvini s 550 children can go to Casa Walsingham every day because

    Original URL path: http://www.letthechildrenlive.org/funvini/casa-walsingham/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Let The Children Live: Operation Friendship
    form Gift aid Powered by Donation Can Operation Friendship This programme is for the children living in the street The team of staff who work with these children are in constant contact with them and are very aware of the dangers and the problems they face The activity called Operation Friendship involves the educators taking hot chocolate and buns to the children during the night and early morning when they are alone in the streets in doorways under bridges under rubbish on sheets of cardboard and offering them not just something to eat but the security of knowing that someone cares Many of these children are involved with drugs some with violence Others have been abused Most are emotionally and psychologically damaged All this means that great skill and care is needed in dealing with them Fortunantly Funvini s educators have this in abundance Much work is being done to help the children overcome their addictions and some have been reunited with their families Others have shown an interest in education and now go to school They do their homework at Casa Walsingham An extention of this programme now means that these children can come to Casa Walsingham each day and has been very successful in improving their physical image their language and general demeanour so that they no longer look or behave like street children This means that they are less likely to get into trouble in the street and are in less danger At Casa Walsingham they can shower and change their clothes before eating breakfast Then there are various leisure craft and educational activities on offer during which time problems of all sorts physical medical emotional psychological can be dealt with A recent development has seen the introduction of normal school lessons the aim being to give

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  • Let The Children Live: Street-Working Children
    sweets They sell the sweets singly often standing at traffic lights to do this and make a minute amount of profit on each one When all are sold they will have recouped the original cost of the sweets plus a small profit so they buy another bag of sweets and repeat the process again and again At the end of the day they should have the money they set out with plus a satisfactory profit This must be taken home and handed over Other children wash car windscreens at traffic lights or juggle or do other circus tricks or just beg but they are all expected to earn money and take it back to their homes in the shanty towns Sometimes they are able to take a bus but not always and getting home may involve a long walk up the mountainside through various shanty towns in the dark and that after a long day working in the heat probably with little to eat or drink All this is hard enough but if a child has had a bad day and earned little he or she may decide not to make the effort to go home particularly if they know they are likely to get a beating for earning so little Or they may have made friends with other children whom they have met in the street and decide to keep the money for themselves and stay with their new friends instead of undertaking the hard journey home Whatever the reason this is the great danger and once the break is made once they have failed to go home at night the likelihood is that they will stay in the street their money will quickly disappear and they will deteriorate rapidly Dirty smelly and probably bare foot their shoes will

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  • Let The Children Live: The Choir
    place in a national competition and later sang at various events in Medellín and Peréira Music has considerable therapeutic benefits for these children and it is delightful to hear the sound of their singing echoing around Casa Walsingham or to see two children working at some task or playing a game and singing away at the same time It is an important antidote to the harshness and violence of life in the shanty towns where they live and is helping Funvini to offer them a different perspective on life It also helps the charity to make itself known in an effort to encourage the Colombians to support our work It gives the children a voice In August 2010 three of the boys from the choir were chosen to take part in a professional production of The Magic Flute and they acquitted themselves excellently Since then the choir s good reputation has meant that more of its members have been offered parts in other professional productions Click on the link to hear our Cambiata Group sing Barbershop My Evaline at a recent Concert in Medellín http www letthechildrenlive org wp content uploads 2016 01 My Eveline2 m4a The Cambiata Group In December 2011 the choir now known as COR VIDENS The Seeing Heart released their first CD Eternal Spring and they have now in December 2015 released their second Pasabocas Both are available from the charity by Mail Order for 8 00 plus P P 1 00 or from the Charity s shop in Walsingham for just 8 00 For Mail Order ring 01302 858369 Below is an excerpt of the choir in concert Click on the link to hear it In January 2015 17 year old Sebastián Palacio the choir s then Head Choirboy came to the UK for a

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  • Let The Children Live: Adolescent Mothers
    April 2016 Resources Make a Donation Christmas Cards 2016 Online Shop Downloads Events 2016 Links 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 Adolescent Mothers Some girls find themselves pregnant whilst still very young so Funvini has established a group for teenage mothers and their babies and toddlers The girls come to Casa Walsingham regularly and receive health care both before and after the birth They receive advice on how to feed and care for their babies and learn parenting skills The babies are vaccinated and their progress is monitored The young mothers are able to mix together and so support each other and Funvini s Social Workers visit the families in the shanty towns They can supply essentials such as nappies baby baths clothes etc if necessary This programme

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  • Let The Children Live: Casa Bannatyne
    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 Casa Bannatyne Casa Bannatyne Funvini s small residential home was bought for us by Duncan Bannatyne Originally it was used as

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  • Let The Children Live: After School
    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 After School Many of Funvini s children have gone on to further education and have become professionals For example Jhon Esneider is now a

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  • Let The Children Live: Spiritual and pastoral
    do this please click on the Gift Aid button to download the necessary form Gift aid Powered by Donation Can Spiritual and pastoral Let The Children Live is a Christian charity and an important part of the work of Funvini is to look after the spiritual and pastoral needs of its children Most people in Colombia are Roman Catholics and all the children with whom Funvini works are Catholic too However if they were not it would make no difference because the charity is committed to help any child in need no matter what their religion However since Funvini s 550 children are Catholics they are all offered the opportunity to make their First Communion At this point some discover that they are not baptised so they are then prepared for baptism as well as First Communion The First Communions may take place in the chapel at Casa Walsingham or in the shanty town where the child lives Thanks to the generosity of a Colombian benefactor who gives a generous donation to Funvini at this time Funvini s staff are able to hire First Communion dresses and suits for the children This is probably one of the only times in their life when they will be dressed so beautifully The day is very special for the children and any family they may have They love to have photos taken so that they can look back on them and keep the day alive in their memory After the Mass there is a party with a special cake and that compulsory drink coke The chapel is always open and children may go in to pray or just to be quiet whenever they want There are services on Festivals and other special occasions and sometimes Days of Prayer such as St Joseph s

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