Earlier this month we featured Diego, a sponsored child who walked 80 minutes to school in Colombia ñ and that was just one way!
Our CFCA colleagues in Bogota ñ Harrison Garcia Ruiz, our communications liaison, and Judith Bautista, project coordinator ñ worked on getting a bicycle for Diego so he wouldn’t have to walk such a great distance.
Harrison was there as Diego went with his mother to pick out a new bike. These pictures, along with quotes from Diego, tell the whole story beautifully.
In Diego’s words
Having a bicycle to me was a very difficult dream to reach. My family does not have the resources to buy a bicycle for me.
One day CFCA staff members came to my house to interview me and to ask me about my life and how I get my education.
I told them about the long distance that I have to walk to get to school.
My mother told me later that CFCA staffers called her, and she told me that the CFCA office wanted to buy a bike to me so I could have a better situation in life.
I could not believe it at first, but I thank God for having that visit from CFCA’s staff and to be able to tell them my story, and in this way I could go to choose my bike with my mother.
I was so excited that on our way back home I fell asleep holding my new bicycle and really wanting to ride it for the first time.
Finally, we arrived and I rode my new bicycle. My mother emphasized the importance of wearing my helmet and vest to be protected.
Here, I am riding on my bike for the first time on my way to school; I rode through the way that I used to walk.
Now, I am glad because I can save time and a lot of energy to get better grades at school.
I thank God, CFCA’s staff and the CFCA office in Bogota for making my dream true. I thought it was an impossible dream to reach. Thanks for everything!