Angels On Earth
Little Angel of Colombia
If an angel were to appear on Earth, what form would it take? In South America, it might be that of a small boy living in the shantytown of Ciudad del Norte in Bucara-manga, Colombia. In 1988, at the age of 9, Alveiro Vargas organized squads of children to spend their free time helping shut-ins who had been abandoned by their families. The children brought them food, bathed them, cleaned their hovels, solicited donations from local businesses and arranged for rent to be forgiven. And the care and love didn't end even with death. The "angels" buried the old people with dignity and honor.
Alveiro is a sweet, mature-beyond-his-years, self-assured and respectful boy who dreams of one day building a modern facility for old people. Fast forward 10 years. It is 1998, and Alveiro is a 20-year-old young man. He is now director of a clean, modern care facility for 140 poor elderly people who would otherwise be homeless. The facility is a monument to the potential we all possess when we follow our heart. By Tony and Paul Comiti.
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