In Colombia there are 12.5 million young people between the ages of 14 and 28. This is 25% of the total population. In 2019, 2.7 million of them did not have access to work or study, but the pandemic added 500.000 to that statistic.

Checho was about to get kicked out of state-care and lose the opportunity to study a University career. We committed to give him a stipend for six months so that he could show savings based on his work and effort. At the end of the six month period, the home where he lives and his case worker saw such a dramatic change in his attitude, in the way he dressed, in his motivation, that he not only is no longer getting kicked out, but started studying in August at a local university, sponsored by the government!. With one condition: that he continue attending Comunidad Viva.