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A path to safety

Helping Samantha find a voice in a new country

Brad Kramer

refugee worker makes young Venezuelan girl smile

Together, we’ve rolled up our sleeves to help refugees around the world, including in Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes, fleeing ongoing poverty, hunger, and violence.

In Venezuela this has been the case since 2014.

Together, we’re helping children and families find safety and stability in neighboring Colombia. We’re providing them with food, clean water, safe places to play and learn, medical services, mental health support, and employment opportunities.

One of the many refugees your generosity has helped is 8-year-old Samantha.

She and her mother traveled dangerous paths to find refuge in Colombia. Their journey was long and hard. Samantha’s mother was pressured to cut her hair in exchange for money they needed for survival—a common experience faced by migrant girls and women.

After arriving in Colombia, hardship continued. They had no money or means of employment. They were forced to beg for food, shelter, and basic needs.

This was life as a refugee—until Samantha enrolled in Bethany's new program, Arte y Música con Propósito (Art and Music With a Purpose). Through this program—created to help migrant children process their experiences through music and art—children learn to express themselves, to understand and process the trauma they’ve experienced, and to prepare for the challenges they still face.

At first, Samantha was shy and reserved, but with time she gained new confidence.

With your help, we are now supporting Samantha and her mother in a variety of ways, helping them stay healthy, safe, and connected as they navigate a new life in an unfamiliar place.

Refugees and migrants are some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Away from their homes and often without a support system, they are constantly exposed to exploitation. But your generosity and compassion help.

Your support changes lives