This blog post was originally a challenge to my Little Monkeys Crochet family to make 100 hats that the next Colombia team could take with them to distribute to the homeless. We met our goal, and the hats were delivered along with blessing bags full of toiletries, snacks, and messages of hope. If you would like to stay informed of similar upcoming opportunities, be sure to join the mailing list by submitting your email address in the aqua-colored form above! For now, please enjoy the free pattern at the bottom of the post.
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I want to take a couple minutes to tell you about a part of the world that is very close to my heart. I have a simple, meaningful opportunity for you to use your crochet skills to bless someone in need, so hang in there with me!
A Little Background
I work as the graphic designer for a very special organization called Project Hope Ministries. Project Hope’s main purpose is to find Forever Families for waiting children in orphanages in Bogota, Colombia (South America) who are the least likely to be adopted — children who are older, have special needs, or are a part of a sibling group. Project Hope attaches matching grants to these children to assist families with the financial cost of adoption, and also provides support to them when they come home. The organization is near and dear to my heart because it was started by my sister and her husband, who have adopted 4 beautiful children (3 from Colombia, and 1 from Bulgaria). My younger sister Jenny was also adopted from Colombia at the age of 13.
The staff of Project Hope spends time each summer in the beautiful city of 7 million people, supporting orphanage staff and teaching the children about Jesus, as well as spreading a message of hope to the poorest of the poor who fight a daily struggle for survival on the streets downtown. Colombia does not have the extensive social welfare programs that we have here in the US and in many other countries; if a man is unable to support his family due to disability, illness, life circumstance, he is forced to forage and beg in the streets. There are no other options; no food stamps, no government housing. In one of the biggest cities in the world, the poverty is a heartbreaking sight.
I had the opportunity to take my second trip to Bogota last summer, traveling as a videographer for Project Hope, and my heart was broken for the homeless all around me. Our team took a couple dozen “Blessing Bags” downtown to give away to those who most needed some hope – whether it came from the tangible items we handed them (soap, toothbrushes, granola bars, etc), or from the smiles we offered and the prayers we prayed, I hope that it had a small impact on each life we encountered that week. I know that my life will certainly never be the same after what I saw.
An Opportunity For You
This blog post was originally a challenge to my Little Monkeys Crochet family to make 100 hats that the next Colombia team could take with them to distribute to the homeless. We met our goal, and the hats were delivered along with blessing bags full of toiletries, snacks, and messages of hope. If you would like to stay informed of similar upcoming opportunities, be sure to join the mailing list by submitting your email address in the form at the top of the blog! For now, please enjoy the free pattern below.
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