In 2013, a group of Colombians in Boston along with the consul of Colombia Monica Pinzon started a conversation on how to bring help to Colombian children affected by poverty. The idea was welcomed and supported by many Colombians and friends of Colombia living in Massachusetts who wanted to invest socially in programs to improve the life conditions of children in need.
In December 2014, NEACOL received the official 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts with the mission to ensure a better quality of life for Colombian children in need. NEACOL started to work on raising awareness and providing grants to local organizations in Colombia supporting specific projects focusing on education, health and nutrition for disadvantaged children. The same year, NEACOL provided its first grant to fund an initiative in education. This first project impacted the lives of 270 impoverished children from Valle del Cauca, Colombia.
Early in 2015, NEACOL funded a second project in nutrition that benefited 156 Colombian children and their families. Today, over 250 people from Colombia and friends of Colombia living in New England have joined the organization and have committed to NEACOL’s mission. The organization is composed by 100% energized, engaged and dedicated volunteers united by a common goal of bringing opportunities to Colombian children in need.
In 2016, our team was proud to announce that NEACOL increased the number of projects awarded, benefiting the lives of 4,491 children in the areas of education, health and nutrition.