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  • I visited Colombia to witness the poverty level.
    I requested the field staff to take me to the poorest area of the country.
    However, the visibility of the area seemed so good that I couldn't feel any emotional sympathy on the people living in the area. I have been visiting many poorest area in the world and compare to other places, Colombia definitely seemed not needing support from Compassion International, where I work for. My judgement was true that the poverty level of the area was not extreme as much as other locations that I have visited. However, there are invisible aspects of the poverty, which is the socio-emotional and spiritual poverty. It indeed was hard to find a family with both parents and brother and sisters with having same father or mother. These children in Colombia, they were suffering from the invisible effect of poverty which seemed much more serious that any other poorest area that I've ever visited. I visited more more than 10 families in one day. I was deeply sorrowed for the situation. I was seriously concerned for the method of

    However, I found the hope when I visited the last family. Their house was big because the house was also being used for mother's garment business. I was informed that this family used to live at the worst house in the village but now live at the best house in the village. Mother trusted Compassion and the partner church of Compassion in the community that her children will be taken good care of and started to concentrated on finding the way for her to start something to generate income.

    She could learn how to make garment and started the garment business. It took a while to generate enough money for the family to survive but the mother could endure the time because she had a hope that her children doesn't have to suffer this much poverty for their life.

    IIt was hard to find the hope in the village for the severity of the socio-emotional and spiritual poverty of the area was too deep to find the hope. Many teenagers were addicted to drugs and their eyes were so hazy. But look at this family. They looked much happier than anyone that I know! I was sure that yes, the hope is the only key for the people to overcome anything!
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