In the populated town of Soacha, families are struggling. Unemployment rates are high, the area is a safe haven to immigrants looking for refuge, and opportunities are lacking tremendously.
Sandra, a former teacher and mother of three, has watched the downfall of this area for most of her life.
“As a teenager, I thought it was a beautiful place to grow up,” she says. “Kids were playing soccer on the streets, and I loved the area. But there was already so much drug addiction and gang activity. I decided that I needed to go to work to avoid being influenced by the region.”
After a time away, she returned to Soacha and is now a full-time evangelist for children in the area leading Project Philip Bible studies. The studies started in Sandra’s apartment, but have since moved to a community center because the group outgrew the space. Even though she moved the studies, her home is still open to kids of all ages.