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.

Within a month, we had had three young women find jobs. All three had been through our program and at the end were spending a big part of their time working on their resumé, sending it out on different platforms and walking the streets together or on their own, looking, asking, going to interviews. It was hard work, with a lot of help from the Comunidad Viva team, but it paid off in the end with each finding employment in different places. On their one day off, they come by to say hello, they stay for house church and catch up with their friends.

One of them didn’t last long and soon fell prey to a prostitution ring trying to recruit her. All safeguards were activated, a new job was found and we keep alert.