Thanks to generous friends like you, the Cormack Family Community Center and Cormack Family Youth Center were inaugurated on June 26, 2016, and are now serving the community in La Esperanza, Colombia. Over 4,500 kids rely on this center as a safe space for vital learning and services.
In Cartagena, Colombia, poverty is rampant, affecting nearly half of its citizens. Destitute families and marginalized refugees live in the shadows of a city that boasts a booming tourism industry, rich history and wealth.
A chance to leave a lasting impression on the La Esperanza Community Center by naming one of the rooms is still available in this facility. The very spaces that are changing the lives of kids will feature the name of you or someone you love.
A vital part of providing health services, including oral health procedures that wouldn’t otherwise be available to most of our kids.
A room that serves a lot of needs, providing space for meetings, connections and the delivery of essential programming.
With reading material appropriate for all ages, a key educational (and entertainment) resource for our kids and the community.
A flexible space for larger group training to support all of our programs for teens, from life skills to practical job skills.
Helps deliver proper nutrition — essential to a kid’s development.
An adaptable activity space that can serve as the home court for a variety of different sports.
Creating healthy kids — a key pillar of our work — and ensuring they have access to critical medical services.
A flexible outdoor space for children and adults alike to enjoy.
A resource for our kids, where they learn vital computer skills and use computers to complete their projects.
A special space to nurture the creativity of our kids.
Inauguration of Cormack Family Youth Center and Cormack Family Community Center took place on June 26, 2016, in La Esperanza, Colombia.
The buildings will support thousands of children and teens who have dreams of a better life.
The Cormack family (left to right: Fiona, Dave, son Craig and daughter-in-law Pam) were proud to attend the inauguration celebration and visit their sponsored kids, siblings Maryuris and Lina.
CI President Susana Eshleman refereed a spirited game of foosball in the youth center’s lobby and game room.
Nurturing a love of books and learning is a wonderful gift for any child but is especially important for kids who have access to few educational resources.
The expanded community center has additional space for tutoring and other learning activities.
Access to computers to play educational games builds important technological skills and lets children have fun while learning.
Donors, CI staff and sponsored kids joined together for a game of soccer on the youth center’s sports court.
Double duty: Later, the sports court served as the perfect spot to teach these little ones proper hand-washing and tooth-brushing skills.
“Thank you” doesn’t begin to describe how grateful these teens are for their youth center.