The Emiliani Project April 2020 Newsletter

COVID-19 Update

We are closely monitoring the status of the recent COVID-19 outbreak. A final decision will be made in May – June on whether we will be canceling our upcoming July mission trip.

How can you help during these uncertain times?

These are uncertain times, but the smiling children of Colombia still need our help. So, how can you help the orphaned and abandoned children at the home in Medellín? We ask that you pray for the physical needs of the home to be continually met, and that the children and staff would remain healthy.

By signing up for iGive and Amazon Smile and choosing The Emiliani Project, you can deliver real money to the children of Colombia. Signing up is easy (just 2 easy steps!), and a portion of every online purchase you make goes to our cause.

Click the logos below to sign up for iGive and Amazon Smile!

Finally, we prayerfully ask that you consider making a donation directly to The Emiliani Project via our website as we continue to build the new children’s home in Caldas, Colombia.

Upcoming Child Sponsorship Program

We are getting closer than ever to opening up our children’s home in Caldas, Colombia! Be on the lookout for our Child Sponsorship Program to begin soon. This program will allow you, your friends, business, class, team, or small group to sponsor boys like the ones in the picture to the right so we can support them in their new home in Caldas.

Fresh Updates from the Home in Caldas!

Windows have been installed in one of our new buildings!


A new set of cement stairs has been constructed leading to the central, pre-existing building on the property.


The road to the home has been improved, with fresh concrete poured to form a complete driveway.


We could not have made this progress without the generous donations from all of our supporters! Thanks to them we are three steps closer to having this home open and available to more kids!

Volunteer Spotlight: Debbie Monroe

This month, we want to start introducing you all to some of our amazing volunteers. We are so thankful for all they do, and we hope to encourage others to join our cause!

Meet Debbie! Debbie first joined The Emiliani Project in 2016 after hearing about it from her husband. Since then, she’s been to Colombia with us four times! Over the years, Debbie has contributed to our teams who built our second bathroom facility in Caldas and painted the new dining facility. Seeing so much progress happen in one week is one of Debbie’s favorite parts of serving with The Emiliani Project. She is excited for the day when kids are able to move into the new home in Caldas. Another one of Debbie’s favorite parts of coming to Colombia with us is playing games with all of the children at the existing home in Bello! Every time she has visited Colombia, Debbie has brought her two young daughters with her. Through coming to serve with The Emiliani Project, Debbie says that her daughters have learned so much about being helpful, making friendships despite language barriers, and being flexible in a new environment.

We are so grateful for Debbie and all she does for The Emiliani Project!

Emiliani was on Palomar Live!

On March 12, the President and Co-Founder of The Emiliani Project Chuck Navarrete was interviewed on Palomar Live a student-produced live morning television show from Palomar College. There was lots of good questions and answers and footage of the work site during the interview. If you want to know more about the goals and history of The Emiliani Project, don’t miss this video. Click on the image below to watch.

The Emiliani Project December 2019 Newsletter

End of Year Giving

We ask that you prayerfully consider including The Emiliani Project in your end of year donations. As always, 100% of your donations go straight toward the orphaned and abandoned children of Colombia. NO donations are used to cover administrative costs.

Be sure to like and follow our pages on Instagram (@theemilianiproject) and Facebook (@EmilianiProject) for regular updates on our work, and for more photos of the children at the hogar!

In Case You Missed It

On December 6, The Emiliani Project had the privilege of hosting a Christmas party for 90 excited children at the new children’s home project in Caldas, Colombia. They were treated to food, games, fun, presents, and a visit from Santa Claus himself. We are truly grateful for everyone who made this party happen!

Coming Up In 2020

Upcoming Mission Trips

We have two mission trips coming up in 2020. Volunteers will have the opportunity to either serve at the existing orphanage in Medellín, Colombia, or assist in the construction of the new orphanage in Caldas, Colombia. Both trips are amazing opportunities to see the work firsthand, and get involved in making a very real difference in the lives of hundreds of orphaned and abandoned children.

For more information, or to register, visit this link!

2020 Mission Trip Dates:

  • March 14 – March 22
  • July 11 – July 19

We hope that you’ll join us for one of our trips!

Child Sponsorship Program

The Emiliani Project is hoping to launch a new initiative: The opportunity to sponsor a child at the new children’s home being built in Caldas. Sponsorship will include providing for the costs of living for a child staying at the orphanage. Be on the lookout for updates in our newsletter, and on our social media pages!

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for iGive!

It’s not too late to sign up for iGive for your holiday shopping. What is iGive? iGive is an incredible service that gives money back to The Emiliani Project for every purchase you make online. iGive has thousands of linked stores, including Walmart. Emiliani has already received over $1000 of real cash back from our volunteers using this service. As always, 100% of that money goes towards serving the orphaned and abandoned children of Colombia.