“I came so that they might have life, and have it in its fullness.” (John 10:10)
Let The Children Live! is a small, non-profit 501(3)(c) corporation (ID 46-1215641) to which people in the U.S. can make tax-deductible donations. It is a work of Christian charity which helps to fund the operations of Fundación ¡Vivan Los Niños! (Funvini), a Catholic non-profit organization in Medellín, Colombia. Both charities were founded by Fr. Peter Walters, a Catholic priest who also founded Let The Children Live! as a Registered Charity in the U.K.. Fr. Peter has visited Colombia frequently since 1982, and he has lived there since 1994.
Funvini celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2019, and now has a 25 year history of providing innovative, high-quality care for some of Medellín’s neediest and most vulnerable children, helping them both to survive and to thrive.
Let the Children Live! works to save forgotten children of Medellin, Colombia – once known as the “disposable ones” – from lives of poverty, violence, prostitution, and addiction.
These children are at high social risk because of the violence – beatings, robberies, rapes, and murders – they experience in their gang-controlled shanty-towns. We help them break out of this cycle of violence, giving them the loving space all children need to flourish and become contributing members of society.
Our vision is simple: Keep children alive – Help them to thrive
Our mission is to protect, educate, and accompany the children and young people living in poverty and violence on the streets of Medellin, Colombia.
Fr. Peter’s Story
It was August 1982. A young student called Peter Walters was in a bind. His vacation in Cartagena, Colombia, had turned out to be more expensive than he had expected, and his money was running low. But when he tried to book his ﬂight home to Britain, he was told that no seats would be available for another two weeks. He was stranded, and if he was to keep a roof over his head he would only be able to eat once every two days.
The Venezuelan Refugee Crisis—in Colombia
Many people in the US do not know much about what is currently going on in Venezuela, and of how this is affecting Colombia and the work of Let The Children Live!
According to an article on February 20, 2019 in the New York Times, the economic crisis in Venezuela has set off a ‘staggering exodus’ and is ‘among the worst in Latin American history’.
How can we serve you? If you have a question about our work or about your donation, please let us know.
Let The Children Live! (Inc.) - U.S.A.
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Postal address: Let The Children Live! P.O. Box 2325, Orinda, California 94563