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Amar y Servir Foundation

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Amar y Servir Foundation
Established2005; 16 years ago (2005)
PurposeFunding foundation
HeadquartersBogotá, Colombia
Bernardo B. Alvarez, SJ
Parent organization
Society of Jesus
Province of Colombia
AffiliationsJesuit, Catholic

Amar y Servir Foundation was founded by the Jesuits in Colombia in 2005 to raise funds for the diverse Jesuit works in the country.[1] It serves as a bridge between the alumni of Jesuit schools and others who wish to contribute to the betterment of the needier segments of Colombian society.[2]


Amar y Servir supports Jesuit educational works in Colombia, which include pre-school education, basic education, vocational media education, education for work, and technical and higher education especially in support of the most needy populations in the country. Other causes supported are development and peace programs in collaboration with Jesuit research centers, along with housing projects for the poor and community development, including medical care and dental care[3] and harboring of displaced persons.[4]

Headquarters of the Foundation are in Bogotá, with branch offices in Bucaramanga,[5] Manizales, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Medellín, and Cali. The Foundation is also a part of the Jesuit network in Latin America,[4] and tends to catastrophic needs arising internationally.

Charities supported by the Foundation include Valle del Cauca, Flor Mendieta, various needy parishes and the House of Youth,[6] Center of Faith and Cultures, CINEP (Program for Peace), CIRE retreat center,[7] Colegio Santa Luisa,[8] Mariana Claver Congregation of Bucaramanga, Instituto Mayor Campesino, Instituto Mayor Campesino, Development and Peace Program of the Magdalena Medio (PDPMM), Servivienda, Susuyama, and Televida, "One child at a time" covers costs for children in need to attend Colegio San Bartolomé. Punto Ciorazon assists the early childhood educational efforts of Fe y Alegría.[9]

Some means devised to facilitate giving to the Foundation are One Thousand Pesos a Day and the sale of Christmas cards[10] along with children's Christmas carolling with a door-to-door appeal.[11] Bottled water is also sold with the Foundation's logo; in 2014 proceeds went for CINEP's work of popular education in the Colombia-Venezuela border region.[12] Other fund-raising efforts target a particular need. A campaign among Jesuit college alumni/ae would defray the cost of needy students to attend these colleges.[13] Crown of Hope is the sale of condolence cards in remembrance of one's deceased relatives and comes to the aid of displaced persons. Let's Help Philippines was in response to the Jesuit Father General's request that this help be extended in the wake of typhoon Yolanda. Products with a Heart campaign was launched in conjunction with Alimentos el Roble SAS, which provides food services. A percentage of receipts supported the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the departments of Norte de Santander, Magdalena Medio Antioquia, Valle del Cauca, and Nariño.[14]


  1. "Fundación Amar y Servir Sede Nacional (Bogotá)". cpalsocial.org (in español). Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  2. "Sitio web de la Compania de Jesus en Colombia". jesuitas.org.co. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  3. Acuña, Benjamin Herazo (2011-01-01). Opciones profesionales y laborales del odontólogo (in español). Ecoe Ediciones. ISBN 9789587712117. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Colombia | CPAL - Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas en América Latina". www.cpalsj.org (in español). Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  5. C., Carlos Javier Criales. "Amar Y Servir en Bucaramanga | Nexdu". Amar Y Servir (in español). Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  6. "Junta Directiva de la Fundación Amar y Servir". www.sanbartolome.edu.co. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  7. Administrator. "Donaciones". www.cire.org.co (in español). Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  8. Webmaster. "PASOS EN LA ARTICULACIÓN REGIONAL DE BOGOTÁ: Colegio Santa Luisa, Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados (SJR) y Fundación Amar y Servir". www.acodesi.org.co. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  9. "Acompáñenos en la campaña". jesuitas.org.co (in español). Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  10. "Fundación Amar y Servir: Tarjetas que Cumplen Sueños 2016". cpalsocial.org (in español). Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  11. Semana. "Una bonita forma de ayudar a los niños discapacitados en esta Navidad puede tocar a la puerta de su casa". Semana 35 Anos. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  12. "Agua Amar y Servir un producto con sentido social". jesuitas.org.co (in español). Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  13. "Responsabilidad | Pontificia Universidad Javeriana". www.javeriana.edu.co (in español). Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  14. "Fundación Amar y Servir. La fundación de los jesuitas". amaryservir.co. Retrieved 2017-04-05.

Coordinates: 4°41′24.11″N 74°5′40.51″W / 4.6900306°N 74.0945861°W / 4.6900306; -74.0945861

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