Fusion's mission is to "empower internally displaced people and their communities by alleviating poverty, protecting human rights, and promoting dignity and self sufficiency." They work primarily in the poor neighborhoods of Bogotá, Colombia with people displaced by the 40-year Colombian civil conflict. Colombia has more than three million internally displaced people, mostly poor rural farmers. Displaced Colombians typically seek refuge from armed actors in the slums of urban centers, Bogotá being the most popular. Tragically, most displaced persons living in the cities of Colombia face dire socioeconomic conditions and discrimination in employment, housing, and social services.
In late 2007, the RCLCO Foundation approved funding of $700 (which was matched by an RCLCO employee) to Fusion International and their strategic partner Fundación Tejaditos to build two homes in the slums of Bogotá, Colombia. The donated funds will in fact build three homes for needy families, one more than originally anticipated.
Two of those homes have already been built or are under construction, and the third is in the permitting process. Below is information about the recipient families.
Changing lives through initiatives that provide affordable homes where people live with dignity.
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