Many people in Colombia live in poverty. In Medellin, Colombia's second largest city with about 3.5 million inhabitants, this is clearly visible in the center and in the deprived suburbs of the city. Many children live here who are disadvantaged by poverty, domestic violence, neglect, sexual harassment and / or addiction. These are many children who are not encouraged or challenged in their environment to work on a better quality of life, now and in the future. Due to this lack of stimulus and challenge, the situation of the children, their families and future generations will not or hardly improve.
The foundation works in two areas of the city.
1. In the center (comuna 10) we work with children from the shelters Poder Joven and Jardin de Amor. In the future we want to collaborate with more homes in the city center. The children live in the center with relatives, grow up amidst drugs, prostitution and violence, and go to the shelter during the day or live internally in the shelter and visit their family every weekend. Their family's are unable to take care of their children.
2. In the suburbs of Carambolas and Bello Oriente (comuna 3) we work with children who live with the family. Here is our accommodation "El Paraiso" (paradise). In these neighborhoods live mainly people who have been displaced by violence, forced to leave rural areas in Colombia for the city to look for a safe life. The people from these neighborhoods live illegally, often have informal work and live in poverty.
All children between the ages of 5 and 18 are welcome to use our facilities and participate in our activities, provided they attend school. Young people who qualify for the "Leadership in my community" and "Study and Work" activities sometimes remain involved with the foundation until the age of 23. In addition to working with the children and youth, the families and care givers are also involved in the activities. We seek cooperation with various organizations in the neighborhoods and with local government organizations.