Spanish magazine TELVA has just published a report on the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation in Cartagena de Indias which reveals how 14 years ago Catalina Escobar (from a wealthy Colombian family involved in the steel industry) settled in the city and discovered, apart from its colonial beauty, the appalling situations of poverty there.
While thinking about what to do, life dealt her an unexpected tragedy with the accidental death of her baby Juan Felipe. The Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar Foundation emerged from the depths of her grief, a pioneering initiative in Colombia which has made Catalina one of the most influential leaders from an emerging nation.
One of the quotes from Catalina’s interview is: “I set up the Foundation’s office in my garage at home, I put up an initial amount of 2,000 euros and in seven years we’ve managed to reduce mortality by 81%!”.
The Foundation, which has saved the lives of over 3,200 babies with an outlay of 600,000 dollars, also devotes a large part of its efforts to helping teenage mothers who, due to their pregnancy, are forced to leave school and become trapped in a vicious circle of poverty that is very difficult to escape.