#329: Books, Colombia:  $10.00 will provide a reading book for a student.  Colombia has experienced many positive developments in recent years, including a growing and diversified economy and improved relations with neighboring countries. However, Colombia still faces grave difficulties within the country.  Almost 6,000,000 people were registered as being internally displaced according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which calls it “Colombia’s Invisible Crisis.” Montebello, a small city outside of Cali, has 30,000 refugees who settled there within the past few decades.  There are insufficient public schools to accommodate the refugee children.  The Fundacion Escuela Para La Vida runs a private school built almost entirely from bamboo which is subsidized by the government.  The school, however, has minimal books and other school supplies. Associated Organization: Fundacion Escuela Para La Vida.


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