Hi, my name is Marlen Leon Santos. I am from Bogota, Colombia. On November 29, 2014, I received to call to say my son, Diego, had a motor bike accident near Melbourne, Australia. He was in a very bad condition in a coma and brain dead. In a few days, l was on a plane to Australia, preparing to say my last goodbyes. Arriving at the airport in Melbourne, l was quickly overwhelmed. I could not speak English, and I did not have accommodation. I did not even know how to catch a taxi to the hospital. Someone told me about a new the organisation in Melbourne that was helping Latinos.
Within a few days, Refuge of Hope found me accommodation and quickly introduced me to a family of Spanish speaking people in Melbourne. The next months were very hard for my son in his recovery. Up’s and downs. Highs and lows. My friends at Refuge of Hope were there beside me. After 10 months in Melbourne, l returned to my home. Diego is out of hospital and on the path of recovery. I feel deep love and gratitude to my friends at Refuge of Hope.
The organisation means so much to me; a family, a home, a refuge, and a mantle of love and protection that God has placed on my life, they will always be in my heart and in my prayers. Please help support them in 2016. Thank you
Please if you can give today and help us support Melbourne’s Latin American community. Thank you. You can easily make a donation via https://www.givenow.com.au/refugeofhope. We are a registered charity in Victoria and your donation is tax deductible.