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El Banquete del Bronx

Everywhere he goes, Orlando Beltrán brings with him a pair of surgical gloves. This is his commitment to attend to any street resident who requires medical help, anytime and anywhere. He has made it his personal mission to the homeless, getting water, soap and medicine to cure the needy. If he is unable to cure them, he will employ the help of a specialist who can. Orlando sees the need for this commitment as there are between 800-1000 homeless who live on the streets today. He foresees this number growing to 6,000 if the problem is not addressed at its root cause. Siphoning of funds and resources at the government level also contributes to this problem. To address this issue, he established the foundation “The Banquet of the Bronx” to help inhabitants in extreme street situations throughout Colombia. His network of volunteers enter the most infamous areas to help those in dire situations. Orlando is particularly concerned about the children of drug addicts, as they are most vulnerable to these influences and are entrenched in the cycle of poverty and street crime. His rule is not to give the needy money, but rather to provide them with food. While others may see him as a guardian angel for street dwellers, he sees them as his angels, providing motivation and inspiration for what he does daily.

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