The Emiliani Project selects Colombia as the site of their first project.

The Emiliani Project has chosen Medellin, Colombia region as the location for its maiden project. However, some might say instead that Medellin chose The Emiliani Project.  It was by chance, when an American tourist visiting Medellin, witnessed first hand, thousands of displaced people living in the hills of Medellin.  These people are victims of war, poverty and flooding.  These people, many of whom are children, endure extreme inhumane living conditions that most people cannot comprehend.

It was during this visit when he discovered children suffering from starvation, lack of shelter and zero education…they essentially have no future.  These children were playing in dirt and living in makeshift shelters.  These are children without families, tenderness and love.  Many adolescent girls are on street corners earning a living to survive.  It was then and there that idea for The Emiliani Project was born, with the goal of helping impoverished children of Medellin and eventually throughout children throughout the world.

It could have been anywhere, but it was in Colombia The Emiliani Project took root.  The Emiliani Project will find the best way to protect and cherish the abandoned children of Medellin.  The Emiliani Project will work with local citizens and local charities to create a family orphanage, giving back children their childhood and an opportunity to dream.

The Emiliani Project partners with Colombian foundation Gente Unida.

Earlier in 2012, while the board members of The Emiliani Project were conducting research in Medellin, Colombia, they met with the board members of Fundacion Gente Unida , a local foundation dedicated to rescuing children from the streets of Medellin. Gente Unida, lead by Padre Jorge Villalobos (a well-known philanthropist in the city), gave The Emiliani Project team a tour of one of their five schools in the city and of their permanent resident home for children in the city of Bello.

So moved by their mission, credibility, professionalism, and highly structured system for working with the children, The Emiliani Project team began instantly vetting Gente Unida as a possible local partner foundation.  After much discussion, both Gente Unida and The Emiliani Project agreed that the organizations’ missions were so closely aligned that they could find many economies in a partnership.  Together, they found that they could help significantly more children and reduce costs. 

On October 11, 2012 the two groups made it official with the formation of The Emiliani Project Medellin, a non-profit foundation in Colombia – a necessary legal step in The Emiliani Project’s goal to construct a children’s home in Caldas, Colombia.  Gente Unida’s first act was to donate a 17 acre plot of land for the project in the city of Caldas, 30km south of Medellin.