Over 45 years ago, Together began its mission in Latin America, a region made up of beautiful and diverse geography, people, and cultures that existed in the midst of high unemployment; escalating drug trafficking, organized crime, and terrorism; and violent conflicts between governments and revolutionaries. The status of their poor changed to very poor, their family units were disrupted on a large scale, and many children were abandoned or became runaways. Together responded by providing opportunities for children and their families, and has established an inspiring legacy in the process.
After coming home with their adopted child(ren), parents would often ask, “How can we help strengthen families in the country from where we adopted our child(ren)?” In 1981, Carl and Melba Perry’s relationship with Lindsay and Denise Christie resulted in the idea of a Sponsorship Program for families who were struggling to survive in extremely depressed areas in Bogota, Colombia. This program provided these families with monthly food parcels that included basic staples such as rice and beans as well as gifts for their children at Christmas.