Welcome to ColombiaCare

A non-profit organization dedicated at giving Colombian children opportunities for a better future. Since 2003,ColombiaCare has impacted many lives and it continues to do so. See the various projects we have had in the past.   Today, we have focused our energies and resources in two very successful programs as described below.

Giving girls a chance... a Soccer program that has changed the future of some girls

Girls in economical depressed areas are the most vulnerable population. We can see the effects in some of the poorest areas of Cali. Girls as young as five years old become responsible for the household chores, including taking care of their younger siblings to allow their parents to go to work. Pregnancy in very young girls is becoming a serious issue in this population. Many times these pregnancies are welcomed by these girls; they see having their own family as their only future and as a means to have something of "their own".

We started the Girls Soccer project in 2009 as an experiment to try something different for these at-risk girls in one of the poorest areas of Cali . The objective was to offer them a broader horizon, and to give them new opportunities, discipline and drive, in a fun and healthy environment. And in the back of our minds, our goal was to avoid early pregnancies.

In addition of soccer training, the project provides support through discussions, seminars and other activities, for a period of three years. This project has been a resounding success. We are now in the second year of the second group of girls. The first group, now young women, continues to practice as a team on their own. The friendship, sense of family and mutual support that was developed during the three-year program has had lasting effects. Most of these young women finished their high school education, some are working, others are following technical careers and two are at the University!!! The fact that none of these girls got pregnant, that they finished their high school educations, and that two of them are going to the University, something very rare and unusual in their environment, is the best indicator of the program success. See these girls during their three-year program: Video

 

The second group of girls is in their second year of the program, and is continuing to follow the steps of the first group. With role models close to them and often with the informal mentorship of the older group, we expect a great success as well. Up to now, we ' ve seen no pregnancies, very little attrition, excitement with the program and a good number of successes sport-wise.

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Giving a chance to rural children

Education and opportunities in Colombian small rural communities are very scarce and low quality. Children of these communities are poorly prepared to break the poverty cycle. Those who stay in the rural areas will have little chance to do something other than agricultural, service or construction labor. Those who migrate to the bigger cities are ill-prepared to confront the temptations and dangers of more populated and demanding areas. Gato de Monte, a community of about 100 families in the outskirts of Jamundi about 20 miles south of Cali , is not the exception. ColombiaCare has been working with the community since 2008, and we have completed several projects in this community.

The latest two projects, a playground for the children and a facility that serves as a library and community center have noticeably improved the lives of the children. Both projects involved the community in the design and building process. It is wonderful to see some mothers and some older children using the facility and the library to work with the smaller children. The older children also use it to do their homework and to read. There is still a long way to go in getting the community adults more involved with working with the children, but we are beginning to see some progress.

The playground has definitely been a success with the children. There is not one day that you don't find children playing there. This is a big change from when the only playground was the single lane road that crosses the village.

We are starting two new development programs - one in reading motivation and other in painting. Based on the results of these programs, we will start a music program.

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