The relief project »Lidias Kinder« (German for »Lidia's Children«) came into being by the initiative of Lidia de Paz in 2001. We aim at supporting destitute children and juveniles in a poor quarter of the Columbian coastal town Barranquilla. This is specifically achieved by means of the promotion and the support of educational offers.
Education is a resource that offers children from disadvantaged social strata in Columbia a decisive possibility to exit the vicious circle of poverty and chancelessness. To us, the amelioration of educational opportunities constitutes the most effective and lasting means of developmental aid.
Precisely, we support the work of the Catholic order San Camilo. The Camilo order runs a foundation, the »Fundación San Camilo« and supports sick or poor people in the quarter of »La Paz« in the southwest of Barranquilla. »Lidias Kinder« primarily focuses on advancing the educational work of disadvantaged children and juveniles. On these pages you can learn more details about the persons who are running the project, about the project itself and its history.
»Lidias Kinder« is an independent child relief organization and an affiliate to the Beca Konder-Stiftung, which is a foundation situated in Stuttgart and put into being by Professor Peter Paul Konder (+ 23.02.2006). Prof. Konder was a committed supporter and indefatigable advancer of the project.
We would be happy to gain your support in one way or the other: either by means of a donation for our operations, or by means of assuming a school sponsorship. You can help to make a change and take an active part in the process of offering children, whose life is strongly impaired by the violent conflicts in Columbia, an education and thus the chance for a better future.
How It All Started
Having been influenced by the experiences she made during a social work internship at the Catholic order San Camilo in Barranquilla, Lidia de Paz decided to support the »School Project Osiris«, a preschool for needy street kids, even after her return to Germany. In her closer environment she successfully collected donations. This is how the project's name, »Lidias Kinder« (German for »Lidias Children«), emerged. Friends and acquaintances kept talking again and again about »Lidias Kinder« and thus the expression gained some kind of dynamic which led us to continue calling the project by that same name.
What We Want
We have come to agree on two main focuses within our relief work, which we would like to present on these pages. On the one hand, there are operations for the amelioration of the infrastructure in the realm of education in the quarter La Paz (equipping public facilities, such as libraries, media rooms, new school buildings, study material etc.), and on the other hand the organization of a school sponsorship program.
As far as the school sponsorships are concerned, we offer help to the children after their successful graduation and try to support them during their apprenticeship or their university career, respectively. Here, we work closely together with the Beca Konder-Stiftung.