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Are you aware that the poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income while the richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income? Furthermore, according to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”

Are you interested in changing such situation?  Do you support the Millennium Development goals established by the U.N? Are you studying any development related science such as politics, economics, medicine, or international development? Are you interested in working with international NGOs? Here is your opportunity to do some direct field work while improving the living conditions of some of those who need your assistance.

McGill Students for World Vision travels to the Island of Boca Chica, Colombia annually every summer!  You will work alongside the community and staff member of Mission International. This project consists of direct poverty alleviation assistance through different micro projects such as assisting the food center, monitoring children education, home construction, and much more.

Bocachica is an underdeveloped island community located about 25 minutes off the coast of Cartagena by speed boat. On the island there is neither running water nor a plumbing system.   Water is shipped by barges from the mainland and distributed to a large cistern in the community where locals then go to purchase their water in small tanks. Sanitation conditions are quite poor. The island has only had electricity since 1998.

The majority of the estimated 12,000 residents live in poor conditions and approximately 50% of the population are children.

Most “Bocachiqueños” struggle to make ends meet by fishing, making & selling local handmade crafts and other tourism related jobs.