Usme is a small, rural community located south of Bogotá, Colombia. For over four years, SSIO volunteers, along with the Art Circle of Life (Círculo Arte De La Vida) Foundation have lovingly served approximately 20 women and children of this community. The volunteers assist the women in taking care of the environment by practicing sustainable development, reforesting streams, rivers, and water springs. Assistance is also provided in improving their organic crops and marketing the product. They also participate in workshops on Human Values.
The SSIO has established a Sathya Sai Complementary School, serving around 30 children between the ages of 3 and 15 every Saturday. SSIO members directly work with the children, encouraging artistic activities such as theatre, dance, and music.
In addition, work is being done to improve the structure of the aqueducts and the purification of the community’s water supply, especially through the use of solar panels. A health camp was held in September 2019, where medical and psychological services and speech therapy were provided.