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Templo Comedor - Changing the face of Colombia one temple at a time

Uday Khambadkone | Colombia

Small war figurines decorate the house of Patrice in Apartado.

In August 2017, I worked with Fundacion SACIAR, a non-profit food bank based in Medellin, Colombia, which acts as a bridge for food security in the most impoverished areas of Colombia.

The armed conflict for the last 50 years has left the majority of the population in need for basic necessities. Uraba is one such region. Fundacion SACIAR created an on the ground operation named “La Transfiguracion - Templo Comedor” in Apartadó, Urabá to help the needy. Fundacion SACIAR collects top quality food near expiration from grocery stores, restaurants and agricultural farms and delivers to all its Templos Comedores.

This photo essay is based on the work I documented at the La Transfiguracion - Templo Comedor in Apartadó, Urabá. This food temple assists the feeding of children, mothers and older adults. The mothers from these families volunteer in this Templo Comedor as cooks, cleaners and organizers. They are not only members of this organization but form pillars of their community. Apart from food distribution, this organization creates a community of love, sharing and compassion.

Uday Khambadkone, born and raised in Mumbai, moved to the US to pursue a degree in Engineering. Though always interested in art, photography came to him accidentally through a darkroom college course in Texas. Travel has always lured Uday to various places to explore the people, culture and their customs: From exploring the Romas in Zenica, Bosnia to Catarina doll making people of Capula, Mexico, from a shelter home for cancer kids in Mumbai, India to an NGO school for mentally disabled kids in Quito, Ecuador. The lens has allowed him to break stereotypes and understand the world better.

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Templo Comedor - Changing the face of Colombia one temple at a time

In August 2017, I worked with Fundacion SACIAR, a non-profit food bank based in Medellin, Colombia. The mission of this organization is to act as a bridge for food security in some of the most impoverished areas of the country. This organization is among many who are trying to change the face of Colombia from a war torn country to a place of hope and security.

The armed conflict for the last 50 years between the paramilitary groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the National Liberation Army (ELN) created a stark contrast between the haves and have-nots through many areas of Colombia and left the majority of the country’s population in need for basic necessities. Uraba is one such region which was tremendously affected by the conflict leaving most of its population extremely poor.  Fundacion SACIAR created an on the ground operation named “La Transfiguracion - Templo Comedor” in Apartadó, Urabá to help the needy. Fundacion SACIAR collects top quality food near expiration from grocery stores, restaurants and agricultural farms and delivers it all its Templos Comedores.

This photo essay is based on the work I documented at the La Transfiguracion - Templo Comedor in Apartadó, a city in the Urabá region of Colombia. This food temple assists the feeding of children, pregnant and lactating mothers and older adults. The mothers from these families volunteer in this Templo Comedor as cooks, cleaners and organizers. They are not only members of this organization but form pillars of their community. Apart from food distribution, this Templo Comedor creates training, recreation and education for everyone involved, driving the importance of charity rooted in love, sharing and compassion.

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