Katalina Bernal's Fundraiser:

Saving the Disposable Ones

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via Crowdrise 3 years ago

BENEFITING: David Lynch Foundation

ORGANIZER: Meghan

THE STORY:

Meghan Dowd wrote -

The street children in Colombia are called ‘the disposable ones’ and they live and sometimes die on the streets. These children are unloved, unwanted, and endure abuse on many levels. Colombians are a kind and generous people but crime related to cocaine trafficking has made cities such as Medellin among the most violent in the world. Surviving on the streets is a harsh business. Children as young as six fall into prostitution and many escape the torments of their existence by sniffing glue.

It doesn't have to be that way.

Father Gabriel Mejia, a Catholic priest, has worked quietly to provide street children relief from their struggle for survival and support to create a better life for themselves.

Starting in Medellin in the mid-1980’s, Father Gabriel opened the first Center de Hogares Claret: a place where children could come for a good meal and a safe place to sleep. In the late 1980’s, he traveled to the United States where he learned Transcendental Meditation. He knew immediately that he had found the answer to the overwhelming stress the children suffered from living on the streets. As the power of the drug cartels waned, the number of Father Gabriel’s orphan shelters increased. Now, in 2010, there are 47 shelters under Father Gabriel’s direction, which are spread across all of Colombia. His center of operations in Medellin is the former home of Pablo Escobar, the now deceased drug lord.

Father Mejia's work has been revealed in a deeply moving documentary produced by the David Lynch Foundation that shows that over time an extraordinary transformation in the lives of the children takes place. They are freed from the torments they endured living on the streets, recover from their drug addictions and begin to gain an education.

Fundraising efforts will go toward David Lynch Foundation programs in Latin America, including Father Mejia's Foundation.

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$220

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  • Katherine Schmerzler

    $25

  • Adria Gallup-B...

    $10

  • Kat Libby

    $10

  • Katherine Schmerzler

    $10

  • Rachel Salhi

    $10

  • Katherine Schmerzler

    $100

  • Charlie Newmark

    $20

  • KAREN GISSIN

    $15

  • Mark McGowan

    $10

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The Team: $265 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Katalina Bernal

Amount Raised:

$220

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Brian Roberts

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$25

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Adrien Daller

Amount Raised:

$10

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Traci Donald

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$10

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Meghan Dowd

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Biz Capital 2010

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0% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Heather Hartnett

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Island PInay

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Donor Comments

Adria Gallup-Black

Adria Gallup-Black

DONATION: $10

Happy birthday, Katalina! :-) 3 years ago

Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

KAREN GISSIN

KAREN GISSIN

DONATION: $15

3 years ago

Charlie Newmark

Charlie Newmark

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Katherine Schmerzler

Katherine Schmerzler

DONATION: $100

Now set a goal and make it happen. I know you can, especially if I can learn Spanish! 3 years ago