For 25 years, our Foundation " Social Project GAVIOTAS ", led by the Daughters of Charity of the Province of Cali, Colombia, has rehabilitated and has inserted into the society, people who have been addicted to psychoactive substances (drugs).
We work in a perspective of systemic change, we give special importance to relationships between people and we encourage innovation and collaboration. This methodology has helped us to discover the benefits of working closely with each other, but also with the different regional or national sectors and agencies. We believe that we must work all together to create or modify policies, in the broad sense of the term, so that they can better serve the people, the society and the planet to work towards a common good.
We do everything we can to make our centre economically self-sufficient, since the financial situation in Colombia is very critical because of the political problems in Venezuela which affect us directly. We would be very upset to close this place, which since its inception has delivered hundreds of people from the scourge of drugs, hence we knocked on all doors.
Today, if we appeal to your generosity, it is to ensure the autonomy in the work of neat people in such a way that, once they graduate from the institution after a period of 10 months of rehab, they will be able to work in all kinds of areas.
The skills acquired during their stay will enable them to integrate the society more easily, after the rejection they have suffered from because of their drug addiction.
Today, our centre offers professional training to work in: shoemaking, handicraft, bakery, jewellery, electricity, paintwork, wood carving, carpentry, agronomy and other sectors, according to people’s abilities.
Unfortunately, we don’t have enough tools for these workshops. Hence, today we ask for your generosity, to ensure the sustainability of our actions.
Through this project we plan to train 25 residents in various business areas and prepare their future reintegration.
We warmly appreciate the help you can bring to these people!
My name is Sister Fanny and live in a community on the outskirts of Cali, Colombia.
In the area, most part of families have moved due to the internal violence in the country, a lot of people have had to leave everything to save themselves, they arrive with no food, looking for a place to live. A lot of children, young people and adults use hallucinogenic drugs, making them human beings very vulnerable, exposed to the danger of exploitation and humans trafficking. In this place, all the woes are accumulated.
The Charity Daughters have a rehabilitation centre for addicts called "Foundation LAS GAVIOTAS" (Seagulls). The 7 sisters work full-time in the rehabilitation of 25 young adults who live in the centre. We are accompanied by a team of professionals and volunteers.
I work as a social work consultant and I support the Community and the Foundation to reach self-sufficiency, based on the criteria of systemic change. It is urgent to find the resources to continue to remove from the drugs’ world, so many humans who have lost even their dignity. Thank you so much for the help that donors from the Rosalie’s Projects may wish to make to this project.