Bella - Building a Home in Bogota

Family friends,

 As you know, Colombia is a deeply important place for me and my family as both my brother Daniel and I were born in Bogota.  Our family's philanthropy always includes FANA, the orphanage from where my brother and I were adopted.  This year I am also happy to support a new charity called Pathways to Children.  They are the sponsors of an amazing service trip to Bogota that I will be taking over Thanksgiving week with a group of other students from Minneapolis.  Pathways to Children is helping our group of Minnesota students (the majority of whom are from first-generation immigrant families) travel to Bogota where we will partner with 14 kids from the Codito neighborhood in NW Bogota in both service work and a cultural exchange.  Codito is a disadvantaged neighborhood and our work there will be designed to provide assistance to people in need.

 The Cause

For part of the trip our group will help on a home-building project in Codito.  The cost of materials to build this home is very low by U.S. standards--only $2600.  I am helping to lead the fundraising for this part of our trip.  Building a home in this neighborhood will be especially meaningful for all of us as we’ll be able to see the end product of our work.

 The Organization

Your tax-deductible donation will go to Pathways to Children, a 501c3 organization based in Minneapolis and dedicated to helping children in extreme poverty around the world.  They will forward a receipt back to you for your records.

 Where to Give

I set up a GoFundMe to easily keep track of the donations:  Bogota Home-Building. Your donation will make this project a reality and help a homeless family secure shelter.  It's a true gift to help everyone in our group involved make a positive, meaningful impact on someone’s life.

 Thank you so much for considering a donation!

 Bella Sampsell
  • John Transue 
    • $25 
    • 45 mos
  • Tony White 
    • $100 
    • 46 mos
  • Brian & Julie Brogan 
    • $150 
    • 46 mos
  • Gokul Hemmady 
    • $250 
    • 46 mos
  • Jen Snodgrass 
    • $50 
    • 46 mos
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Dave Sampsell 
Minneapolis, MN
Pathways To Children Foundation 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
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