Fundación el Cottolengo del Padre OCampo

13 Nov

My 11th (last) interview was at Fundación el Cottolengo del Padre OCampo.  It is a private nonprofit organization for the elderly, created 45 years ago in Cali. Founded by Father OCampo, here the elderly receive health services such as medicine, dentistry, physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy, nutrition, and recreation.  They are also offered basic housing, feeding, and clothing services.  Presently, the village shelters 400 elderly persons, 90% of them above 60 years old, who have found in this place tranquility, peace, companionship, and most importantly, they created a new family unit. (www.fundacionelcottolengo.com.co)

The staff here was terrific, as were the residents.  This place will forever hold a place in my heart, just like Fundación Vicentina Luisa de Marillac.

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Fundación el Cottolengo del Padre OCampo”

  1. Pairitz Christina November 14, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Hey Amanda,
    Great story, where do they get their funding?
    Love Ya

    • amandap11 November 16, 2011 at 3:58 am #

      Thanks! I believe majority of their funding comes from fundraising events, private donors, and other. I will have to dig up my notes, and decipher the spanglish 🙂 Also, majority of their food comes from their own farm on the location, and many health treatments are given from residents and rotation doctors. Very cool.

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