Fundación Panambi

Mission Trip 2007

Misionera: Melissa Colman


Hi! I’m Melissa Colman. I’m a 15 year old sophomore at

Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia. For my

15th birthday in July of 2007, I decided to celebrate it in my

father’s country, Paraguay. Since I was little, I’ve always put

other people before me, but that’s how I am. It’s my nature.

Knowing there was much poverty and disease in Paraguay, I

did my Quince (15th birthday party) there. I have lots of

family and friends there.





I really love to do community and charity work. So I

decided to help a shelter for children with HIV/AIDS called

Hogar Juan Pablo II in Barrio Tablada, Asuncion, Paraguay.

It is run by four nuns and two nurses. They currently have

seventeen children ranging from 6 months to 12 years of

age. Instead of asking for presents and gifts for my birthday,

I asked all my guests to donate things such as diapers,

toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste,

etc), canned milk, clothes and toys.







I am very grateful that I had people from different parts of

the country donating and helping to further to my cause. I

was able to obtain a brand new washing machine,

generously donated by Mr. and Mrs. Juan Rojas. With all

the friends and family that donated money, I bought food, a

brand new clothes dryer, special milk given specifically to

the children (NAN2 and Sancor Bebe), diapers, and toiletries.



The experience over all was really upsetting, but also

amazing. I loved sharing smiles with the children. I loved

talking to them, playing games with them, taking pictures

and just loving them over all.  It was the cutest thing when

they all start calling me Aunt Melissa. I just about cried.

Knowing that this disease has attacked their bodies through

no fault of their own is awful because there is nothing at all

that they can do about it. But knowing I helped them and

that I gave them the love that they needed, I feel that my

mission was a great success.



Melissa Colman

With the help of my dear friends, Felisa and Randy De Kler, and

Fundacion Panambi, I visited, accompanied by Ms. Marta

Bosio-Lopez, Casa Rosa Maria, Parroquia Santisimo

Sacramento (Recoleta), in Asuncion. At this time there

are 15 single mothers at the shelter ranging in age from 9 to 16

years. At Casa Rosa Maria, lead by Reverend Benito Paez, they

are given moral support and medical help. Reverend Paez also

celebrates mass with the children each day 11:00am.  They are

also given classes such as crafts and cooking. I donated food,

diapers, and toiletries there.



Thanks to my father and mother, Silverio and Nubia

Colman, I could achieve my mission and goal of helping the

helpless as my birthday gift. It was really a dream come true

and something that I’ve always wanted to do.


Thank you,

Melissa Colman
Melissa & friend