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Colombian charity supporting youth wins November Lampstand contest


Santiago Puentes Viana

Aleteia - published on 12/13/17

$515 will support the next project of the Santa Cruz Association. Congrats!

The Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) Association of Colombia won Aleteia’s Lampstand contest in November.

The association is dedicated to educating young people in life and Christian values. They do summer camps, retreats, excursions, prayer groups, charity work and other things — almost always outside and in the open air.

The winning image (see above) was taken by Santiago Puentes Viana on a January trip to the ocean. Some two dozen low-income young people were able to take their first trip on a plane for this formative summer camp.

Congratulations to the Santa Cruz Association!

Each month throughout 2017, Aleteia has been awarding one charitable organization a cash prize of $515 (get it? Matthew 5:15?) to support their work and highlight their good deeds through editorial and social media.

Entering is easy, and can be done by clicking here: Organizations or their supporters simply share an original photo that captures the spirit of their outreach on’s Facebook content gallery. Entries can also be submitted by adding the hashtag #AleteiaLampstand to a Twitter or Instagram photo. The photo receiving the most “likes” each month will be named that month’s Lampstand beneficiary. People with no organization to promote are encouraged to participate by voting for their favorite photo each month.

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