Safe House
Cota, Colombia
Current phase of support:

0 Boys

11 Girls

1 Double Orphans

8 Staff

400 Additional Children


(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)

Cota is located right along the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia's capital city.

41  SQ. MILE         23,385  POP.

Over the past 40 years, Colombia has been riddled by internal conflict and natural disasters which have resulted in millions of its population being displaced. This conflict has been largely supported through the drug trade. Due to recent paramilitary demobilization, many insurgents act out in attacks against civilians, especially in large areas of the countryside. This leaves many vulnerable, and victims of human trafficking, both for forced labor and the sex trade. Children are most severely affected. In Cota, this conflict has manifested itself in the high rate of sexual abuse, mistreatment, and displacement of the children living there. Furthermore, this problem has lent itself to a higher rate of orphans without a home.

Safe House was born as a relief to this urgent need of protecting and providing for these children.

In 2001, a local pastor who feared for safety of homeless girls, who easily fall prey to sex traffickers, founded a home for them near Cota, Colombia. Since it opened, Safe House has seen more than 68 girls restored, healed, returned to families, and equipped with an education. The beautiful facility currently houses 15 girls who receive counseling, attend school, and learn about computers, sewing, the culinary arts, and farming. This team believes that by offering the girls a secure, nurturing environment and a variety of spiritual and developmental programs, they will gain confidence and become empowered to rise above their past circumstances. Your donation to Safe House is an investment in the lives and souls of innocent young girls who otherwise would fall into a perpetual cycle of abuse.

Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.

5 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.

Abandonment

Safe House has taken in many children who have been left to survive in the streets. Nearly 45% of Colombia's population is living in poverty, a major perpetrator in this issue.

Abuse

With the problems of sex trafficking and drug trade running rampant, children in the street are more prone to violence.
However, a UNICEF study in 2005 reported that 42% of the women surveyed said that their husbands physically harm their children in the home as well.

Child Labor

The World Factbook estimates that there are nearly 988,362 child laborers from ages 5-14 in Colombia. These victims are promised jobs, only to later be forced to beg, work or join the armed forces.

Sex Trafficking

Colombia acts as a source, transit and destination country for sex trafficking, making it the third highest country for victims in Latin America. An estimated 70,000 victims are trafficked out of Colombia each year alone.

Displacement

Decades of conflict has created an unsafe environment for the children of Colombia. The country has the second-highest population of displaced people in the world.

Home

Providing children with protection through a home is the first step in their restoration. Safe House does just that with their facility housing 15 girls, helping them adapt to their new surroundings. A few updates to the home, including furniture, fencing, windows, and new bedding, would allow Safe House to continue the work they are doing. Since SOW has partnered with Safe House, generous donations have been made to provide the home with a form of transportation.

Health

When children first arrive at Safe House, they have often been severely abused and mistreated. The home sees to it that they are treated properly and given the care they need to restore their health. The children within the home are fed hearty meals each day. A project called Operation Love Soup Kitchen serves more than 400 children once a week, along with the elderly, widows, and mothers. Safe House is truly making an impact in their community; please consider joining this impactful work.

Faith

Through offering the girls a nurturing environment and spiritual guidance, this team believes that they can rise about their past circumstances with confidence. They invest in the lives of every girl who finds a home in Safe House, showing them the unfailing love of Christ. Your donation is an investment in the lives of these girls as well, empowering them with opportunity in a place where it is seldom found.

Education

The children at Safe House are able to attend a public school near the facility, an opportunity they might have been denied in their former circumstances. The home has seen many girls go on to higher education. Safe House has plans to build their own school, a place where even more girls, and even families and women, could be cared for and given hope beyond their circumstances. Please considering joining SOW and Safe House as we work to better the lives of the victims of violence and hardship in Colombia. Together, we can make their dream of building a school a reality.