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Medellin, Colombia 2017

On March 11, 2017, the Style Saves team, along with a group of eager volunteers, traveled to Medellin, Colombia for their 4th annual service trip to work at a local orphanage. Casa Hogar Nazareth cares for a total of 40 kids, ranging from ages 5 to 12, and is privately owned and funded.

Carrying a total of over 16 large duffle bags filled with generous donations from Miansai, Johnson and Johnson and Aveeno hygiene products, clothing, toys and art supplies from Gilt, and, Style Saves team was ready to equip the orphanage with brand new resources. 

Upon arrival, we were incredibly happy to be able to equip Casa Hogar with these donations and replenish basic necessities that were lacking at the house such as toilet paper, soap, medicine, among others. 

“Taking the time to help those less fortunate is important to myself and Miansai because through Style Saves we can make a direct impact with the kids and communities we work with.”   -Michael Saiger, Founder of Miansai

Meeting and spending quality time with the children was priceless. We came to impact others and we left being impacted by them. Our days spent with the children were filled with arts and crafts, soccer games, endless laughs, and painting colorful new murals for the home. 

Seeing the joy we were able to bring to the children lives was incomparable. We can’t wait for our visit next year! 

“Traveling to Medellin, Colombia for the Style Saves 4th annual service trip to spend time with the children at Casa Hogar is truly unforgettable. Giving back to others is something that never gets old and is always in style.” -Rachael Russell, Founder of Style Saves

Style Saves in Colombia

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Style Saves in Colombia

One of our give back initiatives took Style Saves overseas to Medellin, Colombia. Fellow Style Saves member Joseph Vega and I went down to Colombia for a weekend, where we arrange a give back event at a small orphanage. For years my family has supported the orphanage, Casa Hogar Nazareth, in Santa Elena, a tiny, mountain top town on the East side of Medellin. To get to Santa Elena, we have to schedule it in advance and map out our route since the ride will take us through some of the roughest parts of Medellin.

View of Santa Elena 

View of Santa Elena 

Once you we arrive at the orphanage, we’re greeted by Father Abraham, who runs the orphanage, teaches at a local school and is one of the most popular priests in Santa Elena. Father Abraham and the orphanage staff, which consists of 8 friars, care for 30 children ranging from ages 2 -16.

The orphanage isn’t like the orphanages you’d find stateside with private rooms and facilities. Casa Hogar Nazareth has been expanded gradually – when there’s money to buy brick and concrete – and includes a small chapel, library with dated, donated books and an open backyard.

Built into the hillside, Casa Hogar Nazareth has three floors, however most of them lack roofs and the windows are just open frames in the side of the building. After school, the children are taken to the library area where that can continue their studies and read some of the donated books. For entertainment, the children are allowed a maximum of 2 hours of movies, seen from a donated projector, before the projector burns out.

Boy at orphanage showing off art work.

Boy at orphanage showing off art work.

When we contact Father Abraham, he mentioned that the students, 24 males and 6 females, and friars were in dire need of shoes. Since our good friends over at BucketFeet and Toms donated new sneakers and school shoes for our back to school event, we were able to provide the students with 30 brand new pairs of shoes.

Children welcoming the Style Saves team to the orphanage. 

Children welcoming the Style Saves team to the orphanage. 

AGiven the chilly weather of Medellin, which is in the Antioquia valley of Colombia, we were also able to gift the students and friars with Galloway windbreakers, perfect for the unpredictable weather. 

In total, we were able to take four huge duffels with new and donated outfits including footwear, bags, clothes and accessories for all the boys and girls.

Girl at the orphanage playing in her new shoes 

Girl at the orphanage playing in her new shoes 

We’re thrilled to share how far our efforts have taken us and the ability we have to help children in need worldwide. To learn more about Casa Hogar Nazareth please feel free to contact me at: Jeffrey@StyleSaves.org

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