Currently on a career break from her job as a journalist at BBC News in London, Catherine is volunteering with us for 2 months. Here is a humbling and real account of just one couples story.
On the Ground International is a non-profit organization providing humanitarian aid.
Our purpose in Colombia is to assist Venezuelan refugees by supporting and advocating for independent and locally-run organizations.
Douglas is a funny little man with a slow shuffle and a soft voice. He’s lived in Pamplona his whole life, in the same house. Unlike other shelter directors I’ve visited, Douglas was a little hesitant at first to give me a tour. He launched into a monologue about how much aid the other three shelters in town receive, but …
My heart was so full after ten days in Pamplona with these guys. They were already working before we showed up in the morning, and worked hard all day. Also, they are pretty hilarious. Travis and Tyler’s Spanish skills improved every day, and everyone got better at sign language. Douglas, (blue, front) and his Venezuelan crew Before and After …
La Posada de Esperanza is in the tiny village of La Corcova, population less than 200. The shelter has a one-night limit and hosts around 120 Venezuelans every night.
In January 2018, Marta began opening her home to Venezuelan refugees. One year and three months later, she and her team of four Venezuelans are serving 250-300 meals a day.
The most desperate Venezuelan refugees cross the border with absolutely nothing, not even $30 that would buy them an 18-hour bus ride to the capital, Bogota. Left with no other option, they walk.