Maria’s Story


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The sky started to change in Cúcuta, Colombia. Dark thunderous clouds rolled in and blocked out the sun. When the torrential rain came gushing down, Maria, a child in Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program, and her family started to panic. Their home was made of mud and plastic sacks and they worried that it would not be able to withstand the storm.

The rain and the wind were too fierce and part of Maria’s home was washed away with the debris left behind by the storm. When winter came, what was left of her home started to deteriorate—the walls started to dissolve, becoming weaker every day. The risk of collapse was great but the family had nowhere else to go and continued to live in the unstable home.

Staff from the child development centre Maria attends became aware of the situation, and through Compassion’s disaster relief, Maria and her family were provided with wood for walls and cement for the floors in order to build a more secure house.

Previously, Maria, her two siblings and their parents slept together in one room. Now there are two separate rooms—one for the children and one for the parents. The family also has space for a kitchen and living room. Maria and her family have not only a safer house, they now know God has a special purpose for their lives.
“If someone asks if miracles exist, well yes, my house is one,” says Juan, Maria’s father.

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By Lina Marcela Alarcón and Monique Wallace 

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