During my holidays which I spent in Colombia  in June of 2011 I decided to do some charity work helping some economically deprived families. I realised through a family member that there was an orphanage on the outskirts of Pereira . I got in contact with Nancy Mu, who has been helping the children of this orphanage for a number of years and she put me in contact with Rubiela and Jaime, the founders of the the Gedeones en Acción Orphanage.

With the help of friends and family we were able to buy clothes for the 65 children who were living in the orphanage at that time. When I arrived at the orphanage along with all the clothes and some sweets the first thing that struck me was that there were children as young as months old toddlers who had been abandoned by their parents or whose parents were unable to take care of them.

When I got back to London I contacted nancy Mu again I told her about my experience. She wanted to see what we could do to help the children to give them some hope and a brighter future. Little by little we started to spread awareness about what these children needed with the aim of raising money for the cause. We were very fortunate to to meet a group who had spent time travelling in Colombia and who felt the same need as we did to do something for these children. From these beginnings Child Action Group was founded  in London with the aim of providing the children the chance to move forward in their lives, to give them some tender loving care, to listen to them and fill such an enormous gap left by the circumstances which they found themselves in through no fault of their own.

By hearing the stories of some of these children, some of whom had been in the orphanage for 11 years, and some of whom didn't even remember their parents I was so filled with a feeling of how dreadful their plight had been that on occasion I almost broke down but managed to not show this to the children of course.

One comment that Rubiela, the founder of the orphanage made has stuck in my mind and that is "a vision, without action is just a pipe dream". This is what spurs us on in Child Action Group to make our dream come true.

Jorge Castaño