Corporacion Juntos Construyendo Futuro

The mission of Juntos Construyendo Futuro (Building Future Together) is to promote the communities social development, through the design, management, implementation and evaluation of social programs and projects, especially with children and young people. With these actions, the organization promotes: Leaders with a strong feeling of equity and respect for the others; Communities engaged with their own development, and Contributions to the peace building.
May 19, 2014

Could a group of mimes change your view on education?

The mimes members of the Art club!
The mimes members of the Art club!

The Art Club in the rural municipalities of Segovia and Remedios in mountainous department of Antioquia, is know many villages and little towns around. Part of the program we do to erradicate child labour and improve development opportinities for children and youth in rural communities, this after school ´clubs´ are the children's best chance to use their time after school to develop their talent. This past few month the club has been practicing miming!

During their lessons, they created a special presentation to teach others about the dangers and disavantages of child labor. And their act got so good their teacher took them on a mini-tour of educations institutions around their municipalities, so that they could ecouraging other students like them, to stay in school and dedicate their free time to development activities instead of working.The group is a huge sucess and they are planning to incorporate dancing to their act!

Parents of the members of the Art Club say they are very proud of them, specially because since they have join the afterschool program they have gain confidence and are not only investing their free time in productive activities that contribute to their community, but they are encouraging other to do so too!

Thanks to your contribution and support, we can continue creating programs like this wonderful Art Club, that changes the life of hundreds of children and teens in rural communities that don't have regular access to sports, artistic and academic opportunities, and asure their integral growth. 

Apr 23, 2014

A child-labor-free marketplace: An achievable dream

A child in a typical job at the market place
A child in a typical job at the market place

Our organization reaches many regions in Colombia. In one of the most densely populated cities in the country, Medellin, we have found some of the worst cases of child labor in major marketplaces, where produce, meat and grains are sold in bulk at retail prices. Children as young as 7 years old are often employed to move grain sacks or heavy boxes of vegetables. They’re also found carrying messages and money from one stand to the next and looking out for cars in the often dangerous parking lots.

In these specific and problematic places, such as the Plaza Minorista, our organization has devised strategies to turn them into Child Labor Free Territories (CLFT). This includes extensive efforts to create awareness of the risks and consequences of employing children within the community of merchants, peddlers, marketplace employees and security guards, thus discouraging them from bringing children into their work environment. During this process a series of pictures depicting everyday life at the marketplace and the Child Labor Free Territories awareness process, were taken to create a calendar that would serve as a reminder for the community to uphold their promise to not employ children.

After finishing the first phase of the strategy in March, the CLFT 2014–2015 calendar was given to the marketplace’s community. To receive the calendar, partakers –merchants, peddlers, marketplace employees and security guards-, were part of a “reach-for-the-star” activity, where they answered questions related to their knowledge and perception about child labor in the retail marketplace.

Furthermore, we organized a community breakfast with the managers and some marketplace leaders where we shared the results of the first phase of the child labor eradication program. We also encouraged a dialogue with the attendees so they could share their perspectives about the topic and propositions for the second phase of the intervention.

This event was part of a process to turn the marketplace into a child labor free zone a reward for a community that has manifested their support for our organization’s work and the prospect of a better and safer workplace for all.

The colorful market place the sad reality
The colorful market place the sad reality
Children working a reality we need to change
Children working a reality we need to change
Children should smile while they play not work
Children should smile while they play not work
The marketplace needs to become child-labor-free
The marketplace needs to become child-labor-free
The awareness breakfast meeting!
The awareness breakfast meeting!

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Mar 27, 2014

We are getting there, but we need all the help we can get!

The babies of Pivijay in ther old cribs
The babies of Pivijay in ther old cribs

We are so greatful for your donations.The Childrens Home in Pivijay, a small village in northern Colombia, houses 140 children. Amongst them, 25 babies from vulnerable and at-risk families that cannot care for them properly. However, the home has very few cribs and most of them are old, rusty and a danger to the babies' health, your donation is taking us closer to changing their lives and giving them the best care posible.

We are so greateful for your generosity and we have bought 2 new sets of bedding for the babies. We are working hard to get the resources that will allow us to buy the rest of the cribs, matresses and bedding. We are movilizing our volunteers and encouraging everyone we know to donate, reaching out to donors and social organizations in the region, its been difficult but we wont give up until we can provide the best care for these children. But we need all the help we can get, so we thank you for your donation and we ask you to share this project with your families and friends.

Our project aims to provide new cribs, mattresses and bedding for this vulnerable babies to give them the best chance and a place were thay can sleep and grow. Contributing to the project will not only enable the healthy growth of this 25 babies, during the most important part of their development. It will also mean that the home will have a new, healthy and appropriate space to receive future babies as they come, a better opportunity for the towns next generations.

Babies sometimes have to sleep two per crib...
Babies sometimes have to sleep two per crib...
Pivijay babies in their cribs...
Pivijay babies in their cribs...
A nursery teacher with her loving students
A nursery teacher with her loving students

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