Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New Meaning In Life for Young Colombian Shantytown Dwellers

For the past four decades, Colombia has been, and still is, a war torn nation where violence and hardship are simply a way of life.

Numerous youth gangs roam the streets, exacting revenge on those who killed their friends and family.

Tempers are quick to flare and many take out their anger through hurting or killing others.

One organization has made the lives of Colombian youth better. Legion del Afecto is a project for youth meant to give them alternate activities such as dance, gardening, sports, art, and music to keep them out of danger and give them an emotional outlet.

Participants receive pay for community service and "socialization." The project also works to rebuild confidence and hope where there may be little left.

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