Helping the seniors at Hogar San Pedro Claver, Cartagena
Organized by: Seth Samuels
In December, I went to Cartagena, Colombia, and volunteered at the Hogar San Pedro Claver, a retirement and assisted living facility in the Cartagena suburbs. I was deeply moved by the warmth and generosity of spirit of the residents I met there, and I wanted to find a way to give back to them. The staff at San Pedro Claver are wonderful, and very attentive, but the facilities are a bit worn. There's no air conditioning, and only a few fans, to provide any break from the hot Caribbean sun, and the bedding is also old and fairly worn. To pass the time, many of the residents make various crafts, such as piggy banks, baby booties, and jewelry. However, they have a fairly limited set of tools available to them for this. When I asked the residents what might help improve their quality of life, these were the things they asked for.
We're trying to raise enough money to provide the 100+ residents with new bedding, more (and better) fans, and a few new sets of tools to help them with their crafts. While this doesn't sound like much, it includes the difficulty of shipping things to Cartagena, and making sure that all residents have access to high-quality items. Anything you can give to help out would be deeply appreciated, by me and by the residents themselves. If you watch the video that accompanies this page, you can see Edilma, with whom I became very close, at the one minute mark. She is one of the people I talked with to find out the best way to help.
Once the fundraiser is done, crowdrise will end the money to me, and I'll send it to Ruth Vivianco, the activities director at San Pedro Claver. Thank you for your contribution!!!