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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

CNN Heroes 2012

I learned today about the 10 CNN Heroes finalists.  One of my Colombian groups was advertising the name of one finalist since she is Colombian.  Her name is Catalina Escobar and she is helping young single mothers and their kids in the most depressed areas around the city of Cartagena, Colombia.

When I first read this story, I really felt compelled to do something. So this post is my way of spreading the word.  This real life hero is from my native Colombia. With courage and determination, she is leading a crusade to help children in need around Cartagena.  As a mom, that speaks to my heart.

Mr. G and I had our Colombian honeymoon (Yes, we also had an American one because we like to be fair and inclusive like that) in Cartagena back in 2006. The beauty of the place is undeniably breathtaking, and its storied history is enthralling and thought-provoking. It is equally astonishing that, in a city with world-class hotels, casinos, and stores, you can find yourself face to face with crushing poverty.

Being a tourist destination hasn't helped Cartagena much. In fact, it has made matters worse in many respects. Prostitution is rampant (Remember news earlier this year stemming from President Obama's visit), and the rate of teenage pregnancy is among the highest in the country.

I found the story about Catalina Escobar's work and her foundation very inspiring. But, in all honesty and fairness, every single one of the 10 finalist has a wonderful tale full of compassion, selflessness, persistence, and love for our fellow humans in need.

Why don't you go here and cast your vote?  Read the finalists' stories.  Be inspired, be humbled, and be amazed like I was. In the view of our past presidential election, it occurs to me that we need less politicians and more men and woman like these. Can I just have that for Christmas?

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