Conviventia

Rating: 4.83 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Human Services, International, Economic Development

Location: 1400 Broadfield Blvd Suite 200 Houston TX 77084 USA

Mission: Empower individuals and families in the poorest communities of The Americas, toward their sustainable transformation. CONVIVENTIA embraces its mission with compassion and excellence, in obedience to the Divine mandate of Loving one another and the desire to be an example of the Word of God put into action. We work with our members and through partners in the region, from a people centered approach, empowering those living in poverty and the organizations that work amongst them, taking actions to respect, protect and fulfill human rights, while directing individuals toward taking responsibility for their own development.
Results: Conviventia through its members organizations, provides formal education services to over 3500 children living in vulnerable communities through our community schools located in Cartagena, Barranquilla, Bogota and Soacha in Colombia. 900 children from public schools participate in after school academic reinforcement programs. 60 girls who have been victims of abuse and neglect, receive protection at the Protection Home for girls, located in Tenjo, Colombia. 25 families transformed their shacks into proper and safer houses in 2012, with support of our member CDA. Over 1000 micro-businesses are flourishing thanks to financial services provided through our member MFI, Forjar. 1000+ youth and adults learnt vocational skills, improving their livelihoods at the PTI Vocational Training Centers. Over 400 people in need, were successfully placed at formal jobs in 2012, through the Job and Business center. 2000 families, linked to Schools for parents. Our knowledge and experience is being shared with organizations such as Second Mile Mission Center and Generation One in 2012, through our Capacity Building services to non-profit organizations, which include training in each of our fields of action, organizational capacity assessment, planning for improvement, monitoring and evaluation and more!
Target demographics: Individuals and families in the poorest communities of The Americas.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 11,000 people through our programs.
Geographic areas served: Latin America & the Caribbean with special emphasis in Colombia
Programs: Conviventia works through its members and partners in five programmatic areas, which interconnect to bring about the desired empowerment and change. These are Education, Protection, Basic Needs, Income Generation & Community Development. Likewise, it offers services to non-profits in the Americas toward strengthening their capacity to achieve improved results.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the blessing to help them in many fundraising events, and to visit their projects in Colombia. they are an organization that truly work to make a lasting change in the communities they work in.

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Very organized and professional team. I am a sponsor and want to congratulate Conviventia for the efficient and timely flow of information (letters, reports, gifts, news, ect.) between sponsors and the students back in Colombia. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the team!

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2012

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This is my third year as a volunteer at Conviventia, and I haven't ceased to be amazed by the wonderful work they do. God has blessed me greatly by giving me the opportunity to be a part of what they are doing.

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Working with Conviventia has been an incredible experience!
I thank God for giving the oportunity to serve others through Conviventia.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I have been volunteering in Conviventia for about a year now, and the experience has been life changing. It's an amazing feeling you get when you work hard and are able to see the results of your contribution in the lives of all the children and benificiaries of CDA in Colombia. Being a part of this organization has helped me realize how big an impact I can make in someone else's life just by helping in my spare time. I am thankful with God for giving the opportunity to be a part of the change!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I had experience with Conviventia as a board member at Genenration One. The group came in and helped us through a two day visioning session. Was sttod out to me id the passion the folks had to make other non-profits as successful as they are. the team was knowledagble and lovin and desird to share their information to make Generation One a more successful oragniazrion. I appreciated the honesty they provided us and we are better today as a reuslt of the parnership we formed with Conviventia. Justin Steele, Board Member at Generation One

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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2013

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Last year I received the extraordinary blessing of being introduced to Missy Christie, Executive Director of CDA-Colombia, and to visit their operations in Bogota and Cartagena. CDA-Columbia’s heartbeat is that passion for the hurting. That passion is exhibited vividly in their work in schools planted in the slums of Bogota and Cartagena. CDA-Columbia’s values of dignity and responsibility permeate the way their work is carried out in Jesus’ name. Through high quality education for children and extensive vocational training for willing adults in the neediest neighborhoods. Lives -- and communities -- are being changed forever. I’ve visited small businesses begun by students of CDA’s vocational training schools. The enthusiasm and energy exhibited by these entrepreneurs reminds me of the joy God gives us when we use the talents He has given us.

If not for CDA… I thought this so often during our trip. If not for CDA, where would these children be? In the slums. Without hope. Inflicting violence upon themselves or others. Continuing the cycle of violence.

Second Mile Mission Center’s Board and staff have also been blessed with opportunities to learn from Missy. It was an added benefit to then see in Colombia those principles of empowerment in action.

I am personally inspired by what God has done and is doing through Missy and her team at CDA-Columbia.

Sincerely,

Sarah White, Executive Director, Second Mile Mission Center

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2013

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As a board member of GenerationOne in Houston, TX we were introduced to Missy and the CDA organization. Through their giftedness they have provided a frame work and strategy for G1 that is well underway. Their insights and leadership has been the key catalyst to positioning the organization for meaningful growth and effectiveness for many years to come. Thank You!

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Life-changing

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2013

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I have Known Mrs. Missy Christie de Acosta for a number of years. We first met at a Bible school in Dallas Texas during the year 1987. At that time, she was only 17. We eventually got to know one another and worked in the same office together on campus. With that said, over the years, her pledge to helping people has never wavered; just the depth to her resolve has increased exponentially. She is both gentle in spirit and a lion at heart. Missy's character and commitment to serving the populace is revealed every day by the love and respect she has for her husband Carlos, her family, as well as for the people she reaches out too. For these reasons, I do not hesitate in granting my endorsement.

With kind regards,

Dr. Bruce Macdonald
CEO of Renewal Consulting
www.renewalconsulting.net

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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2013

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CDA is an exception organization and is sharing their expertise and wisdom to help other non-profts reach a level of excellence that is desired and yet not often achieved. Our organization has benefited greatly by their support and I pray that they will continue to be in partnership with us for years to come.

I have over 30+ years or experience as a professional in the not-for profit industry and can honestly say that CDA is the best and most professional organization I have ever worked with on strategic planning. CDA does not just give you a plan; they stand beside you, work with multiple constituents over 2-3 days sessions. The are wonderful listeners and their processes led us to a great sense of clarity and purpose that everyone understood and embraced.

They are masters at what they do. They are committed to raising the bar for themselves and other non-profits. We are grateful for their ministry, the training, wisdom and expertise they shared and humble support they have given us in our efforts to create and document our strategic plan.
The results have been phenomenal.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone their leaders so they can expand their ministry.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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I grew up oversees and have worked with many different non-profit organizations over the years; CDA is the most thoughtful, thorough and holistic organization I have ever had the privilege of working with. With a deep commitment to excellence and a thoughtful nuanced approach to their work and interventions they really are making a difference in Colombia. The staff have big hearts and a passion to help as well as the critical technical and professional expertise necessary to help change lives and build a better brighter future.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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1 person found this review helpful

Conviventia has successfully worked in impoverished and in-need communities. They generously offer their wisdom and expertise to other organizations working in the same field. They have come along side the ministry I work for and have been instrumental in our ongoing efforts to strategize and plan for the future of our ministry!

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2013

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CDA has been instrumental in our organization. This past April they spent two days helping us with our strategic planning. We're now setup to take our organization to the next level and better serve our community. This ministry is awesome!

If you're desire to take your organization to the next level choose Conviventia.

Misssy and Convuventia, you're Amazing!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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