Yoider's Story

You can see the city of Cartagena, Colombia from their front doors.   Tierra Bomba is a small, beautiful island in the Cartagena Bay on the northern coast of Colombia.  But, Tierra Bomba is almost like a forgotten island even though it is only a 10 minute boat ride from Cartagena, one of Colombia’s hottest tourist destinations. 

You can see the city of Cartagena from their front doors

You can see the city of Cartagena from their front doors

On the island, there are around 4,000 people who live there, virtually surviving from tourism and fishing alone.   The beaches have stunning white sands and crystal clear, blue waters.  Just a few steps from these beautiful beaches the people of this island have no running water and very little electricity.

The people of this island have no running water and very little electricity

Yoider was born on this forgotten island of Tierra Bomba to a father who is a fisherman and a mother who works diligently in anyway she can.

Yoider his happy when he has the opportunity to play baseball, loving the feel of a leather baseball glove in his hand and the swing of a baseball bat.

When he is not studying for his classes at school, he is often playing guitar in his local church, which is another of Yoider’s favorite things to do.

Yoider was born on the island of Tierra Bomba

Yoider was born on the island of Tierra Bomba

With great effort, Yoider and his brother take a boat everyday across the bay to Cartagena and then board a bus that will get them to school. It’s not easy to get an education living on the island of Tierra Bomba, but Yoider and his brother are determined to make a better life for themselves.

Recently, ER International was able to provide Yoider with necessary resources, such as a laptop, to succeed in getting his education.

Yoider is so grateful for all the support you provide!

Yoider is so grateful for all the support you provide!

He is so grateful for the help and support you have given him.  We are proud of him for sticking with it through challenges and hardships.

Your support gives young people like Yoider the necessary resources such as food, clean drinking water, access to education and hope of a better future. You are making a difference for Yoider and other young people just like him.

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