The Light and Life Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, provides financial support for over 1,200 special needs and impoverished children who live in and around the neighborhood of Hogares Luz y Vida in Bogotá, Colombia.   The monetary aid funds educational, medical, and staffing needs for the orphanage and its affiliated schools. All fundraising proceeds directly support the needs of Hogares Luz y Vida as prioritized by its founder and director, Sister Valeriana García Martín.   

The Light & Life Foundation, based in Fairfield, CT, relies on giving hearts and generous contributions through various fundraising campaigns during the year and this website.  No amount is too small.     

Our U.S. Board of Directors travels to Bogotá frequently and brings with them a network of guests, medical specialists, and gifts in kind donations that fill requested needs. If you’d like to join us on a future trip, please connect now


"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."
- Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Recent Achievements

  • Furnished Hogares Luz y Vida's Respiratory Center with all the consumables and capital renovations needed to serve the respiratory therapy needs of the children at the orphanage and comply with Colombian health protocols and regulations.
  • Purchased over 450 multipurpose tables for the school of Hogares Luz y Vida. 

  • Bought new desks for every child attending the Hans Hoffman School, the primarily elementary school serving the orphanage and local community. 

  • Purchased a commercial sewing machine which enabled production of custom posture supports for the children in wheelchairs and feeder seats.

  • Funded and facilitated the installation of and training for a Tobii EyeMobile device which allows the physically disabled to communicate through hands-free computer navigation and eye movement.

  • Purchased 9 new adjustable computer tables for wheelchair-bound children.

  • Provided every child living in the orphanage, farm, and attending the school with one new pair of shoes.