Friends of Colombia for Social Aid (FOCSA) was founded in 1976 by the wife of the then Colombian Ambassador, Doña Lucía Holguín de Vázquez Carrizosa, and became a registered Charity in 1977. In 1998 Baroness Gloria Hooper kindly accepted to become the Patron of the charity. Doña Lucía was FOCSA’s first President, followed by Yolanda Connor, Mariela Ingram, Marina Tafur, Amanda Ardila, Martha Strange, Louise Russ, Andres Monsalve, Clemencia Corradine and Laura Laurence. In 2004 the work of the Charity was formally recognised by the Colombian Government by awarding the Knight's Cross "La Orden del Congreso de Colombia en grado de Caballero". In 2008, a branch of Friends of Colombia for Social Aid was established in Bogotá to help supervise the charity's activities there.
FOCSA's secret of success is its people. They are a fantastic group of volunteers that through their hard work and commitment to helping vulnerable children in Colombia, raise funds to buy medical and other essential equipment leaving a minimum amount to cover administrative expenses.