The local political conflict in Colombia that lasted for fifty years, left many consequences that affected the whole country and its people and especially the most disadvantaged and poor people. One of the most serious effects is the displacement of thousands of people from the countryside to the cities.
Soacha, is a municipality and a Diocese bordering the capital of Bogota. Soacha is the city where most of the displaced people arrive and where the Government is locating most of the demobilized people. It is there, in the diocese of Soacha, that the Missionaries of Mariannhill have begun to work, taking care of a new parish (with more than 100 000 people) where these demobilized and displaced persons arrive.
The Missionaries of Mariannhill have formed in 2015 an association with the local leaders (called “Mesa de Trabajo UPZ 87”) to unite forces and work together for a more dignified and peaceful living context, focusing on the young Afro-Colombians and the elderly people. A threat to the young people is surely drug trafficking, gangs and prostitution.
Since 2015 many activities have been developed around legal and psychological care, music training, artistic painting, sport and culture in general. We hope to continue developing these and others in the coming years with your help.
We thank you in advance for your generosity!