In June of 2018, the foundation started one of its most ambitious projects, to build a brand new boarding school and home for 72 girls and the religious community that now live in and attend the Santa Ana Boarding School. This dream could be started thanks to the valuable and unconditional support of our largest sponsor "Cepeda Systems" who, in addition to their donations, also offers the "Matching Program" for up to $ 100,000.
Any donation you make, no matter how small, will be duplicated and we will soon be able to make these girls live this wonderful dream.
Extending A Hand firmly believes that vulnerable groups have the right to have a dignified life, and therefore, through improving their living conditions they can become self sustained and valuable members in their community. Children and youth realize their full potential and become productive when they can live, study and work in a healthy and stable environment, as well as the elders can live in dignity and peace the last years of their life.
Our community of impact includes:
- Santa Ana Boarding School for 72 girls
- Santa Elena Boarding School for about 40 teenage girls
- Nazareth Boarding School for about 40 boys
- About 350 poor children from Agua de Dios surrounding villages
- Guillermo Greffestein Elderly Nursing Home for about 120 elders
vulnerable girls and boys served in agua de dios, colombia
poor children served in surrounding villages
elders served at the Guillermo Greffestein Elderly Nursing Home
Our Projects and Programs
Through the years our organization's focus has expanded and allowed for greater development and long-term projects in the hope of creating a brighter future for the children and seniors of Agua de Dios, Colombia
Extending A Hand Foundation supports this vulnerable community through projects and programs that fulfill their major needs.
1. our main project: santa ana boarding school construction
Please help us with this, our main project. The current school is collapsing and it is imminent that a new school be built to provide a safe living and learning environment for more than 72 poor girls who do not have another place to go. The project covers also a school for 150 children who are studying under deplorable conditions.
3. Backpacks of Love Annual Drive: BPL Annual Campaign
Please contact us with your contribution to this wonderful program. Once a year, Extending a Hand delivers more than 450 backpacks for children and more than 100 backpacks for seniors filled with basic necessities, clothing and shoes.
5. Computer Lab Project: CLAB Project
Are you renewing your computers or tablets? Or your printers? You can donate the old ones to this project and make a difference. We are committed to building and equipping a laboratory for the girls of the Santa Ana Boarding School and the children of the Villa San José School. The aim is for girls, boys and adolescents to learn to use technology in their favor, which will give them not only knowledge but also opportunities for their development and competitiveness in an increasingly technological world.
7. TINA TRING scholarship
With the help of George Snow Scholarship Fund and Extending A Hand Foundation/Fundacion Una Mano Amiga, I have the opportunity to pay it forward and create my own scholarship that will be awarded to a deserving student.
Being a college student myself, I need help raising funds for the scholarship. Please donate and share. With your help we WILL impact a student’s life!
2. Health Brigade for Love Program: HBL Program
Your support is needed to provide funds for this group of doctors of all specialities who offer their time and knowledge to provide preventive healthcare to the children and elders of this community, including poor children of the surrounding villages. They visit Agua de Dios at least 3 times a year with the only purpose of practicing medical and dental exams, and health diagnostics, plus the eye screenings and vision exams, to more than 300 children and adults.
4. Nursing Home update and furniture endowment: NHF Project
Funds need to be collected in order to update the building and to replace the old beds and mattresses. Wheelchairs and other sort of equipment for the elders mobility needs are a permanent requirement, as well asa basic supplies and medicine, which are included in this project.
6. A Sustainable Agricultural Project for children: SAP Project
If you want to help us to generate a culture of production and self-sustainability to ensure that these poor and vulnerable children and teenagers may change their future and have a life full of opportunities, your help would be a bless for all of them. Through the provision of resources and agricultural education, we seek to build a culture of sustainability, which makes this project in particular, a very important objective for their future.
Amano Artisans + Extending A Hand
Shop Amano Artisans at https://amanoartisans.com for handmade Colombian jewelry.
10% of their monthly sales go directly to Extending A Hand to support the construction of the Santa Ana Boarding School.
In 1998, our president, Claudia Ibarbo-Gloyne, started this mission to help and support the nuns from Hijas de Los Sagrados Corazones de Jesus y Maria, a non profit organization that helps abandoned seniors and children in need in Aga de Dios, Colombia. Our team of volunteers is united by the love and faith in God fulfilling their purpose of life to serve and support the less privileged.
We invite you to join us in the wonderful journey of giving and helping this community and enjoy the rewarding feeling of living for a purpose while giving them back their illusion of dreaming.
Santa ana boarding school construction
Lucy and 71 girls need a safe place to live. Today, our dream has started with the construction of their new home.
make a pledge
Help support the construction of the new Santa Ana Boarding School. When completed, this building will provide classrooms and dormitories for 72 girls and classrooms for 150 children.
other ways to help
Shop Amano Artisans to support Colombian artisans and Extending A Hand Foundation. 10% of their online sales are donated to the Santa Ana construction project.