11 Nov

Eighth interview: I had the privilege of interviewing with Hugo Lora Camacho who is Business Lawyer; Social Coordinator of the
EcoVillage at Fundamor; and President of the University of Autonoma of the West.  He has been an advocate for social responsibility in Colombia for over 20 years, and was kind enough to grant me an interview, as well as one of his books!

Fundamore – Give Love Foundation, is a private, nonprofit institution since 1992, that works for the children and adolescents 18 years of age who are affected by HIV and AIDS, and in addition to their illness, are at high socioeconomic risk and violation of rights, providing protection and Comprehensive Health Care, Education, Housing, Nutrition and Recreation in its facilities in the country based on the beam Pance Cali city.  They provide food, shelter, medical, and spiritual treatment for these children in order to save their lives and develop them into meaningful people.  Their mission is “Dignify and transform the self and its environment, promoting the awakening of consciousness through love and service.” (


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The Nave Health Center

11 Nov

Seventh interview: I went to The Nave Health Center, which is a private, nonprofit foundation founded and supported by the pastoral staff of Instituto de Religosas de San José de Gerona.  It provides health care for the inhabitants of the Siloé, a large poverty-stricken neighborhood in Cali, since 1998. In addition, they offer a space for teaching activities for the elderly and source a young pastors group for working with the high-risk population.

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Instituto de Religiosas de San José de Gerona

31 Oct

For my sixth interview, I met with Sister Mercedes Martinez Peria, who a religious nurse and in charge of Pastoral Health, at Instituto de Religiosas de San José de Gerona.  This insitute is a private, nonprofit health clinic founded by Sister Mary Gay Tibau near Gerona, Spain since 1872.

Mary lived in the house of Dr. Amerio Ros for 20 years, helping with household chores and participating in the life of his practice. During this time Mary came into contact with the suffering of the patients who called the house of Dr. Ros, and from these encounters, awakened in her the desire to help more directly those suffering from health.  Thus, resulting in this private health institution.

Their mission is, “To satisfy the patient’s and his/her family’s health care needs with quality, respect and warmth in their corporal and spiritual dimension. We alleviate pain, sow peace and    contribute with social work performed by the San José de Gerona’s Nuns Institute.”  (

Below is a picture of Sister Martha Anturi (left), who is my 7th interview (next post), myself, and another Sister (right), cannot remember her name, lol.  I thought Sister Mercedes was pictured in this photo, but she had to leave after the interview…she appears in my 8th interview however, with Huga Lora Camacho.  Enjoy!


Fundación Vicentina Luisa de Marrilac

29 Oct

My fifth interview was at Fundación Vicentina Luisa de Marillac,  with Maria Teresita Riascos, who is the President and Director of the foundation.  This foundation is a private nonprofit Christian foundation created by Sister Maria Luisa Courbin on January 2, 1933, based on St. Vincent DePaul and Luisa Marillac’s teachings for servicing the poor. [Side note:  Ms. Riascos got goosebumps when she learned that I am a graduate student from “DePaul” University, it was a real heart-warming experience!] Yeah for DePaul!!! 🙂

They provide comprehensive promotion and rehabilitation services for the elderly poor with no one to turn to.  Their mission is, “Providing shelter for the promotion and integral rehabilitation of elderly people abandoned by providing a humanistic view with Christian criteria, social scientists,  the possibilities for their lives as individuals, in order to spiritually and physically, fully and freely enjoy the rights human autonomy and active participation in a home environment.”

This interview was a lot fun, as you will see in the pictures below.  We (my professor and I) were given many arts and crafts projects the elderly make during art therapy.  In addition, we received a couple of song performances by some of the lovely residents.  I really enjoyed my time here.  Enjoy!

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Thank you for your patience!

28 Oct

Hello friends and family!  I just wanted to apologize for not having any new updates as of late…I have been kidnapped by my final research paper, and have been working diligently on my rough draft for my capstone, which I turned in today! 🙂  I will have more photos and events to share very soon!  In the meantime, check out these awesome cakes I found at a bakery!   Thank you for following, and I hope you are having a great day!

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19 Oct

Two Saturday’s ago, we ventured out to this restaurant  called “La Tinaja”, about 40 minutes outside of  Cali.  The food was excellent, as was the entertainment…a set of three horses would come into the restaurant through the main aisle showcasing different trots.  It was really neat!  If we go again,  I will commit to taking advantage of their horse stable/horse back riding.   I instead committed myself to a glass or two of Sangria…Enjoy!


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18 Cali, Colombia (“Diesiocho”)

19 Oct

Restaurante “La Neblina” km 18 Cali- Colombia

Here are some photos from our trip to Kilometer 18, only 30 minutes outside of Cali.  It is pretty incredible how you can go from tropical warm weather in the city, to only 30 minutes in the mountains, and need a completely different set of warm clothes!  We ate at the restaurant above, La Neblina.  This is where I tried my first cup of “Chocolate con queso”.  I am not a real fan of this queso, but the chocolate was great!



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