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The current situation

After being displaced by literrally thousands of Colombian mainlanders who migrated to the Archipelago seeking work opportunities for themselves and their families, the native islanders currently find themselves without jobs and with little or no prospects for employment on the island.  Although bilingual (speaking both English and Spanish), the native prople find themselves pushed aside in their own territory.

Currently the unemployment rate among the natives is as high as seventy five percent (75%).  They are among the last hired and first fired.  In addition, the native Afro-Caribbeans are no longer financially able to travel to the coastal and interior cities of Colombia to pursue higher education.

In 2004, George May became ill and had to resign from his position as president of the Christian University of San Andres.  Since then, the University has had a drastic reduction in the number of students enrolled.  Financial support form the local churches has dwindled and the people in general have ceased fund raising.  The churches who had been providing financial support can no longer afford to continue giving.  The Colombian government has discontinued its funding.  Funds given by churches in Houston, Texas have also ceased.  The absence of these resources of financial support has rendered the institution virtually non-functional. The campus is practically abandoned.

With the support of several islanders who now live in the United States, other U.S. citizens, including members of the South Park Baptist Church in Houston where George May served as pastor for twenty years, and natives in the San