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Conviventia

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Human Services, International, International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

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.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does a wonderful job with children and families in vulnerable areas, bringing hope to places where it has been lost, I was a volunteer three months ago and this experience taught me to see life from another perspective understand that there is nothing more important than helping others and doing so without expecting anything in return is the key to everything, I want to motivate all who are reading this to join this beautiful cause and can contribute, to continue helping those who need it most.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Conviventia is a wonderful nonprofit organization. I enjoy receiving letters from the child I sponsor and getting pictures that show me how he is progressing in school. Education is a priority and these children are very fortunate to have such caring people to see that they succeed.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I think this is one of the best nonprofits in the world, Very responsible and efficient, making a difference in the lives of Colombians under very difficult circumstances. I saw a photo of a near dying child treated with all the needed care and another photo of the same smiling, healthy child few years older. Conviventia makes a difference by educating and supporting children, who are future citizen leaders of Colombia. I was so impressed with them that I have been on 4 medical missions with them. The most recent one was so heart breaking as well as heart warming as we served the Venezuelan refugees including young teen pregnant women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Conviventia is an amazing organization. For decades I have witnessed the results of their hard work and strategies to help the most needy in having hope. They continue to engage in very difficult projects with an outstanding impact to help the poor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have watched conviventia share love all across Columbia. They have helped raise the dignity of the less fortunate if Columbia. They have done this by placing schools in the poorer areas. These run from preschool through high school. They have a vocational school which provide training to help people start and succeed in business. They have many community outreaches to help strengthen them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Missy Christie and Conviventia in 2012. I immediately recognized Missy's extortionary leadership and after spending a week in Columbia witnessed for myself what a world class organization looks like. I was so impressed with Conviventia that I brought my own staff for a visit and to learn along side Missy's staff. Missy has been instrumental in providing guidance to our staff, specifically around strategic planning.
Mike Malkemes
Founder/CEO
Generation One
Houstion, Texas

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've spent the last 10 years visiting Colombia and serving through various organizations. Many are good. Conviventia is great. Instead of continuing to promote our own organization and duplicate efforts, we decided to fold our banner and come underneath and alongside of Conviventia because of the outstanding way they work. They are excellent not only in the delivery of their service programs but also in their leadership, administration, partnerships and ministry. These are difficult things on their own. But Conviventia somehow has raised the bar high enough on these across the board that they set a great example for other organizations and ministries to follow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Participating in a mission week with Conviventia in Cartagena, Colombia was a rewarding experience on many different levels. From the minute we stepped off the airplane to our tearful good-byes, we were energized by a sense of purpose. Our projects were geared to sustainability; they had an impact that continued long after our week was over. For example, I taught English classes to adults in the vocational program, and also reinforced English language skills for the children. Learning English is one of the most important skills for many of the people at CDA because they can get higher-paying jobs and lift themselves out of poverty. I am grateful that I had this experience which, in my desire to make better the lives of others, I have found great joy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Conviventia is made up of a team that is passionate about bringing love, care, education, and opportunity to the families of Colombia. In all my experiences with this organization, both stateside and in multiple trips to Colombia, I have never met one staff, faculty or board member who wasn't wholly dedicated to heart of this ministry. I've also had the honor of seeing firsthand, the massive impact Conviventia has on communities around Colombia. Lives are truly being changed through their hard work - marriages saved, children cared for, mouths fed, and futures restored.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Conviventia does a wonderful work in Colombia. The schools are based on Christian values to give less privileged children a future for their lives and overcome the cycle of poverty. During the 2 mission trips to Bogota, Cartagena and Baranquilla I could experience the impact on the communities that Conviventia has. Get involved in helping to reduce poverty in Colombia and see how Conviventia could be the non-profit organization for you.

Ivan R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have done compassion projects in many parts of Latin of America, which has given me the opportunity to work with different nonprofit organizations.

My experience with Conviventia was outstanding! We worked together in a week long project in Barranquilla, serving almost 1000 people.

The Conviventia team excelled in areas, such as organization and clear vision. Starting with the planning process, all the way to the post trip experience, this organization demonstrated a high level of excellence. Most importantly, the entire team models servanthood which makes any project run smoothly!

Ana Maria G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have gotten the opportunity to see the impact of this organization when I visited the local schools and career development centers in Cartagena, Colombia. Adults and children are provided resources to not only empower themselves but also to break out of the poverty cycle. It makes all the work we have volunteered worth it! I worked with Terry translating documents and success stories from their students for the board. I also worked with Terry to put on one of their fundraising galas and Rice events. Terry is an incredible leader that is extremely fun to work with as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On the mission trips I have experienced with Conviventia I have been amazed at the spirit of their organization. Everyone encountered with the organization has a genuine heart for service and believes in the organizations purpose. This organization and all of it's members deserve all the help they can get because the outcomes of their hard work are evident in the communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church takes mission trips to Colombia and works with the schools run by Conviventia. I was witness to the positive impact and great teachings that the schools on their limited budget have on the community. CDA informs, educates, and empowers the youth in these communities to work hard and dream big with the hope of breaking the cycle of violence and poverty. While on one of these trips we meet Johan who is a prime example of the need for Conviventia. Johan is an 11th grader at Lucero Alto he comes from a family of drug dealers who everyday try to persuade him to join their cause. At his school Johan had found the support and encouragement to stay out of that world. He confides in his principal that everyday is a struggle and a battle with himself to do what is right and if he would not have the school he would have already joined the other side. Conviventia provides this and many other services to keep kids like Johan in the right track.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is doing amazing work empowering children and families to break free from poverty in Colombia. Their multifaceted program approach is addressing the root causes of poverty, by delivering Education for youth in their CDA schools, Income Generation for adults so they can provide for their families, Family Strengthening to assure healthy family dynamics and Basic Needs to address medical, housing and food security needs. And the most amazing thing is to see the impacts and success stories. The students graduating as young leaders that go on to lead incredible lives, the parents who can provide for their families in a loving healthy environment, the refugees and those experiencing natural disasters who find the support they need along with a smile and a hand up. I am so glad to have joined in their work, and you too can be part of this amazing ministry.

Juan Guillermo G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Anna de Galvez

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2 Bruce M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5


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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Conviventia has been instrumental in increasing our capacity to serve the poor. They have learned so much over the years and do an amazing job sharing the information and training other nonprofits. They work tirelessly to equip others to raise the level and quality of their work. We are indebted to them for all the strategic planning and thinking they have lead us through.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great work, not only helping the most needy people to develop their capacities and talents to generate a sustainable transformation in their communities, but also sharing knowledge and best practices to pair organizations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gran trabajo integral de desarrollo en Colombia, a traves de CDA. Educacion, salud, microcreditos, y oportunidades de capacitacion y trabajo para las familias en situacion de pobreza y vulnerabilidad. Un equipo humano dedicado y comprometido en ser muestra del amor de Cristo y Su palabra a traves de hechos, cambiando vidas, superando barreras, mejorando circunstancias, empoderando personas, desarrollando comunidades. Felicitaciones.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IT IS AN ORGANIZATION COMMITTED WITH THE MORE POOR, PURPOSES DEFINED, WITH CLEAR PRINCIPLES AND HELPS CHILDREN AND GIRLS THAT ARE BENEFICIENA OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS GROW IN VALUES, IS DEVELOPED AS PEOPLE AND HAVE A PURPOSE IN LIFE COMMITMENT FOR A CHANGE FROM WITHIN.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Es sorprendente saber que la mano de Dios no se ha cortado en esta organización, pues lo que Él hace lo podemos ver reflejado en personas que trabajan incansablemente para transmitir a otros el amor del padre y así mismo dejar que Él los use para impactar y transformar muchas vidas que se están perdiendo. Dios a continuado usando esta obra para que las personas que le rodean lleguen a ser tan bendecidas y puedan ver el impacto en comunidades vulnerables.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Al revisar el pasado podemos ver: Experiencia, Transparencia, impacto en las comunidades y compromiso social de Transformación Sostenible (mas de 16 años de experiencia). Observando el Presente vemos una organización innovadora que comprende los cambios sociales, que mejora cada día para cumplir la labor encomendada por el Creador, "la restauración de las relaciones rotas del Ser humano". El Futuro para Conviventia depara un crecimiento de impacto, vidas transformadas y restauradas como las estrellas del cielo (Personas, Familias, Comunidades y Regiones). Definitivamente DEBES CONOCER LO QUE HACE DIOS POR MEDIO CONVIVENTIA!!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Es una organizacion de alto sentido humano y social que lucha por la asistencia en salud.educacion y trabajo para las clases menos favorecidas y sin ayuda de los gobiernos

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excelente labor social. A traves de una cosmovision cristiana impactan miles de vidas, consiguiendo una transformacion autentica en la vida de las personas. Felicitaciones!

2 Gina18

Volunteer

Rating: 0

Es increíble la gestión que realizan para ayudar a la reducción de la pobreza en Latinoamérica.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have witnessed how communities have been transformed through its Transformational Leadership; and the best is still to come!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Organización americana con el fuerte propósito de apoyar la región latinoamericana y en especial en las zonas vulnerables de Colombia

3 Willie V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An integral approach to reach a sustainable transformation in the communities they work!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw their work... just amazing!! all the Christian values in action. Blessings.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring a child in Colombia through Conviventia, and the experience has been amazing. I have been able to be a part of the change in somebodys life, not only financially but also spiritually, and I know that me and my family have been very blessed with this opportuniotty and hope to remain supporting this organization for may years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the highest concept of Conviventia, they are organized, professional and very caring. I can vouch they put the greatest compassion into all the do. They lead the organization with integrity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for this organization about seven months ago, and what I liked the most is that I immediately became part of the family, that I was submerged in the values of the organization which motivated me even more to help, since it allowed me to see the real difference that was being made on each children and family. I also loved how I grew as a person by understanding the we are all created equal, with the same dignity, value and that we need to live and work together if we want to see a real difference made on the lives of the people living in poverty.