Over thirty years ago a disaster struck Armero, Colombia when a dormant volcano erupted. In its wake, a devastating mudslide plummeted down the mountainside and destroyed the Colombian town. The aftermath left thousands dead, buildings in ruin, and families separated. After the event, the Colombian government did its best to restore the lost city, and reunite the families torn apart. However, in the past few years it has been discovered that three hundred children who were presumed dead are not, and were allegedly given up for adoption, their records now missing. This is the story of one man’s quest to reunite one of those children with his mother.
Jared Gossett is an Austin based entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the owner of Gossett & Co, a local home builder, and Project Rise, a nonprofit dedicated to helping students in underserved communities empower themselves through entrepreneurship. Jared is now leading the project Finding Sergio. Finding Sergio’s mission is to reunite the lost children of Armero with their surviving parents, beginning with uniting Maria Lucia with her missing son Sergio. In this episode Kyle and Charlie sit down with Jared and talk about the Armero tragedy, the radio story thatinspired Jared to take up the mission, and how uniting one woman’s missing child will spark a grand reunion between the other parents who also lost their children on that tragic day.
Finding Sergio Resources
- The Lost Children Part 1 & Part 2
- FindingSergio.com – The official website of the investigation
- If you want to be involved, or just want to send your words of support you can email Jared directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The official website of Amerndo Amero
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Music in this episode:
Opening & Transition Themes Themes – Take a Chance Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
Closing Theme – “Door to Door” by Alex Alan