Seeds of Love & Hope International Society is a relief organization working to better the lives of underprivileged children in Medellin, Colombia.
Starting in 2006 with a visit to bring much-needed school supplies and uniforms, SOLAHIS now organizes and runs a Children’s Centre. The Centre provides a meal six days per week to neighbourhood children, plus medical and dental care, school supplies, and spiritual guidance. Additionally, children have access to a tutor, after-school activities, and a full-time pastor.
The Centre is funded through child sponsorships, donations, and other fundraising activities.
In December of 2006, the group that was to become SOLAHIS made their initial trip to Medellin, Colombia to bring school supplies, uniforms and shoes to 350 poverty-stricken children. They also held a special Christmas party for the group and were struck by the spirit of the children as well as by the extreme circumstances in which they lived. Jorge Silva, a recent emigrant to Canada and the group’s organizer, knew full well what daily life looked like for these children; having grown up in a similar situation, he wanted to bring relief to his childhood hometown.
Just over a year later, in March 2008, SOLAHIS was formed. Land and buildings were purchased in Medellin and phase one of the Children’s Centre was started. SOLAHIS also immediately began feeding children once per week and established the sponsorship program.
By 2009 SOLAHIS was officially incorporated as a society and an agency agreement was made between Albion Fellowship Baptist Church, now Cornerstone Neighbourhood Fellowship Baptist Church and the Semillas de Amor y Esperanza.
A year later, the Children’s Centre became an even safer place for the children with the addition of a security fence and gate and weekly meals increased from three to five.
Since 2011, the Children’s Centre has welcomed an Administrator and a Tutor. The children are now receiving six meals each week. Sponsored children also receive schools supplies, medical and dental care, and after school activities.
We have created a university fund to help our young people achieve their post-secondary goals including our first young person to graduate with a degree in psychology in December 2017.
Since 2006, we have seen so much growth in the children and families we serve, structural growth at the center in Colombia as well as growth in numbers of the people involved with Seeds of Love and Hope International Society, both in Colombia and Canada.
Praise God for His faithfulness.
Board of Directors
Jorge Silva – President – Structural Engineer – years on board – since 2009
Darrell Johnson – Vice-President – Building Contractor – years on board – since 2009
Tirza Madrigal – Treasurer – Book Keeper – years on board – since 2011
Marc Lafleur – Machinist/Business Owner – years on board – since 2009
Karen Blom – Secretary – Teacher – years on board – since 2009
The Board of Directors meets every month to discuss issues relating to the Centre and to pray. The Board has traveled to Medellín together to meet with the staff and to witness the current and completed projects.