Five families—seventeen people in all—participated in Barker’s 2015 homeland tour to Colombia in June. The week–long trip, led by Barker staff and consultants, Sue Hollar, Carolina Kenrick and Sam Kellogg, provided a wonderful opportunity for the participating Colombian adopted youth, ranging from 12 to 20 years old, and their families to enjoy the sights, sounds, fun and delicious food of their home country and to visit the orphanage where they spent the first days of their lives. Day one began bright and early with breakfast together followed by a visit to Usaquen, with its flower-lined bustling streets filled with street performers, restaurants, and colorful vendor stalls selling beautiful crafts, clothing, trinkets and food. A big highlight of this day was the opportunity to gather with thousands of other Colombians in the center square to watch the Colombia soccer team play on the big screen.
The days that followed were filled with unforgettable hours spent at FANA (the Foundation for the Support of Abandoned Children), which included the opportunity for the kids and their families to review their adoption record and to spend time playing soccer, blowing bubbles and face painting with the children staying at FANA. We also enjoyed having lunch with the staff of FANA, which included a delicious bowl of ajiaco (Colombian chicken soup).
Other highlights of the trip included a special tour of the Colombian President’s Palace and visits to Nemocon Salt Mine, the Gold Museum and Botero Art Museum. Each evening the youth and parents were provided the opportunity to meet with Barker staff to process the events of the day.
The final highlight of the tour was dinner together where we were joined by FANA staff and again, the opportunity to hear many Colombians cheering on their home town soccer team.
Please consider joining us for Barker’s 2016 tour! Tentative dates are June 21–28. And to for more about the Barker Colombia Homeland Tour experience, read more here. For more information contact Sue Hollar at shollar [at] barkerfoundation.org
or by phone at (301) 664-9664