Mi Sangre Foundation

Our mission is for children and young people to become key players in building peace in Colombia. We think and act based on the following values: Social responsibility, management quality, transparency, Impartiality, respect, networking, account rendering.
Feb 19, 2013

STEPS THAT ARE NOT IN VAIN

 "The situation now is not the best, but we must put the good, so we are working to change a little, so that children are quiet now on."

Juan David Garcia, commune 13, Medellin.

Juda, as known to his friends, is 23 years old. Much of his life has been spent in the neighborhood Eduardo Santos, he lives there with his father and mother, his two brothers, and the mother of his three year old daughter Ana Sofia, his greatest hope.

Judah's family is big, he is loved and recognized by a beautiful combo, his friends have become brothers, "the moms of my friends become friends of mine" He was born in Pereira, his parents came to Medellin seeking better opportunities, they made Medellin their home, and now he feels more “paisa” than anyone.

Judah was not the best academically in school, he preferred to do hip hop, but life gave him a second chance, he repeated eleventh grade and graduated with honors, and giving deep happiness to his father and mother, placed second in the ICFES of his school.

Since he was in school he had contact with the world of hip hop, this for many young people in Medellín has become an oasis of hope. Studying met Hector, aka Kolacho, the friend who introduced him to rap.

Kolacho founded C15, a renowned hip hop group from Medellín to which Juda was invited to participate. C15 has crossed borders and has made hundreds of people singi in unison with his renowned song AQUÍ SÍ HAY AMOR. Unfortunately Kolacho was killed in 2009 in the commune 13, a young man died, a victim, an innocent person, a leader who sought to sow love. But his teammates were filled with strength and today they are still touching hearts, opening doors and dreaming of a better world.

Right when Hector is killed his teammates are filled with creative magic and continue brewing a dream of autonomy and freedom "we continue telling our neighborhood, telling that all is not so bad, but we also prefer proposals over denounce"

This leader with his musical group C15 is part of the Hip Hop Network La Elite, who organized one of the largest Festivals of Hip Hop in Latin America, Revolución sin muertos, and also includes 14 groups of hip hop and a seed (which are more than 90 children from commune 13 in the 4 elements of hip hop) called Kolacho, steps that are not in vain, created in honor of his friend and brother, Hector.

"To me community work changed my life, I started making hip hop and then, with a lot of magic and love, I began to share my work with children in my neighborhood. These guys taught us to see with new eyes, they showed us that behind this stigmatized community there was hope"

Pasos que no son en vano,s Kolacho’s school has been an immense and invaluable opportunity to grow for Juda, also to share and learn "you think you will end up learning and a little kid teaches you"

"The rap awakes youth and children, brings different emotions and ways of seeing reality, this is an artistic experience that not only robs young people from war but it excite their mind and perceptions. It started as a creative impulse with which one seeks to express and then gradually becomes a media that has what no one else has, that says what nobody dares to say, especially proposes new horizons and becomes a loudspeaker, the voice of the people "

Being part of change is essential for Juda, he cannot sit still watching the world, he is a peacemaker who believes in the transformation and knows there are many things you can do to contribute to peace.

"From an early age I began to get involved with the music, with which I created a protective shield against violence, no one approached me to tell me anything, I do not have friends involved in wars and that makes me feel free"

For Juda peace is something that you feel "inside and outside", that children can grow up with love and hope, that happiness abound in the hearts, the dreams that come together, and above all, that we can look at each other into the eyes as equals.

"If I could have the opportunity to meet young people who vacillate between war and life my experiment would be simple: take that person to a wall, put a rap song and gave him a spray to paint and dance, to feel the freedom to go through their senses and between laughter and laughter I would express with examples how a bad choice will last one or two years, you might be able to get a lot of money but will not enjoy, and how art fills one with feelings and ultimately can saves us "

Nov 27, 2012

The power of culture

"I chose art and culture, I wanna create bonds of unity, trust, love; violence only creates hatred and resentment"
Estefanía Serna Ramírez, commune 5, Medellin.

Of course Estefanía is a sweet, creative, intelligent and full of love and hope, his eyes confirmed a charming human being is made of the conviction with which she does, and respect with which she lives.

Estefanía Serna Ramírez is very close to her mother, she has been who has taught her social awareness and has provided "the best anyone can give to a human being: love," she says. She lives with her family in the commune 5 of Medellin, and what makes her happy is to go for a walk with them.

She is studying not one but two careers: law at the University of Medellin and anthropology at the University of Antioquia, you feel the joy with which it forms.

Estefanía believes that there are also other knowledge, appreciates the courage and honesty of people, she says "Everyone has their way of being, and I like that, to be themselves without having to copy anybody, be kind and assets. "

Her family was a direct victim of the conflict, destroyed the house of his paternal grandparents in the town of Cocorná, Antioquia. Were displaced from the El Cocuyo and were forced to move to the urban area. "I do not like negative people. I think change is possible, we live in a country that has long suffered the same war that has mutated, "she dreams of no one being pulled out of their land.

"I like movies, photography, literature, music and church 'empanadas' with blackberry juice". At 19 you think that peace is to live in peace in the community, working together for a better life. The way she brings to peace is trying to love, accompanying, respecting and sharing.

This young builder of peace from our cotidianities proposes that we begin to generate and project the transformation fostering good relations with the other. "Before thinking about things we should strengthen small macro actions".

Estefanía believes that everyone should bring you to peace because things are not built alone, "it is necessary that each brings to the extent that is possible. It is not doing no wrong, it should be good." Passivity in the conflict is something that disagrees and claims that others should not solve everyone's problems but also help among all to find the solution.

She prefers to be seen as a person who is part of a community and is required to contribute from their knowledge, to its development. She is participating in the process of Education for Peace in Mi Sangre, and his new project is the development of audiovisual, for contribute to peace in its neighborhood.

Estefanía, who would like to be an artist, dreams of everyone to live in harmony in their community, that nobody feels superior to another and respect themselves and nature.

Estefanía believes that peace is not a utopia, believes it can become real and eternal, as long as you work towards it "is not easy nor immediate, but one day soon reap the fruits and we see that all what we did was worth the effort. The military means to seek peace are useless, especially at this time, there is no reason to justify the aggression against another person. All the energy wasted in the war should be invested in community building, joining forces for the development of all"

Aug 28, 2012

Change begins within

"I like people to be tolerant, and if you want change to be proactive and make it happen, one can not expect change to happen from one moment to another if you do nothing about it"
Carla Bajonero, 15 years.

They say she does many things and everything is different. Her dream, as a leader, is to integrate social processes in which she participates with the environment in a more direct way, which complement each other because she is convinced that if you have a healthy environment at war humanity could not see the change, and vice versa.

Carla Bajonero, 15 years old, attends grade 11 in the Education Institution Maestro Arenas Betancur, lives in the neighborhood Castilla, located in the commune 5 of Medellín. She lives with her mother, sister, pets and three relatives, "the rest of the family are disaffected blood unions, my relationship with them is not good, I never had their support and I do not need them, but there are people with whom I do not share blood ties that feel like my real family."

Born in Yarumal, part of her childhood was spent in Don Matias and when she was 8 years old arrived at Medellin, a large, confusing, crowded place and where the common denominator was discrimination: "I was discriminated against because I was fat, or so they made me think that, I suffered much rejection in this situation, but when my friends began to notice that I did not care much what they thought about my body they stopped bothering me, and I could overcome it."

Since little she has been a leader, as soon as she entered the school became an academic champion and a leader with the processes towards students within their educational institution.

Now she is participating in various processes of empowerment and participation, the ones where she supports the most are 'Encuentro de voces, donde tu voz es mi voz', Environmental Botanical Club, Young Managers of Change in Medellín and Youngs for Peace. The main component of these processes are youth empowerment, peace building and how to be agents of change in their communities.

She does not like people who throw papers on the floor, those whose minds are closed and mouth open to criticism, prejudiced and no arguments, or those who mistreat animals.

The moment that marked her the most was when she found a kitten in a sewer, "see that kitten covered in fleas, wet, starving, meowing, I could not believe someone could do that to a living being, in that moment I realized what evil was. I took strength, I do not know from where, I opened the drain, took the kitten and took him to my house, I took care of it, my mom helped me found a home for that kitten, when I am about to lose hope I remember how that kitty taught me to fight for justice."

She contributes to peace with actions that can have a bigger effect if people work together with others, from the culture of environmental volunteers, replicating the knowledge, and actively participating in political processes of their community. "With the simple act of not supporting the war we can make change happen in the mentality of the people around you."

For her it is important to give back to the peace for a simple reason, that she will never get tired of saying, "we should all be part of the change we want, we all want peace, we dream of that state of tranquility in which the world is in equilibrium, where respect is one of the values, we all wish to pursue that, all we need is that everyone wants to be part of change."

For people who want to be peacemakers she recommends to question everything, doubt is another form of intelligence, the passion you put in the things you make, be respectful and seek change in yourself first before deciding to change the world.

"If you want to change the world you need to start with yourself, then take that change to the family, the environment, the commune. Keep in mind that it is not easy, one must love what you do, be creative and have an open mind to new experiences."

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El cambio empieza adentro.

“Me gusta que las personas sean tolerantes, y si quieren un cambio que sean proactivos y lo hagan suceder, uno no puede esperar que suceda de un momento a otro si no hace nada al respecto”
Carla Bajonero, 15 años.

Dicen que hace muchas cosas y que todo es diferente, su sueño, como líder es integrar los procesos sociales en los cuales participa con el medio ambiente de una manera más directa, que se complementen entre sí pues está convencida que si se tiene un ambiente sano con una humanidad en guerra no se podría ver el cambio, y viceversa.

Carla Bajonero, de 15 años, cursa el grado 11 en la Institución Educativa Maestro Arenas Betancur, vive en el barrio Castilla, ubicado en la comuna 5 de Medellín. Vive con su madre, su hermana, sus mascotas y tres parientes, “el resto de la familia son uniones de sangre sin afecto, mi relación con ellos no es buena, nunca tuve su apoyo y no me hacen falta, pero hay personas con los que no comparto lazos de sangre que los siento como mi verdadera familia”.

Nació en Yarumal, parte de su infancia la vivió en Don Matías y a los 8 años llegó a una Medellín grande, confusa, llena de gente y dónde el común denominador era la discriminación: “fui víctima de discriminación por que era gorda, o eso me hacían pensar, sufrí mucho el rechazo por esta situación, pero cuando mis compañeros empezaron a notar que no me importaba tanto lo que ellos pensaban me dejaron tranquila, y pude superarlo”.

Desde pequeña ha sido una líder, apenas ingresó al colegio se convirtió en una adalid académica e impulsadora de procesos en pro de los estudiantes al interior de su Institución Educativa.

En la actualidad se encuentra en varios procesos de capacitación y participación, en los que más incide son Encuentro de voces, dónde tu voz es mi voz; Club Botánico Ambiental; Jóvenes Gestores de Cambio Medellín y Jóvenes en Línea por la Paz. El componente principal de estos procesos son el empoderamiento juvenil, la construcción de paz y cómo ser agentes de cambio en sus comunidades.

No le gustan las personas que tiran papeles al piso, aquellas personas que tienen la mente cerrada y la boca abierta para hacer críticas prejuiciosas y sin argumentos o los que maltratan a los animales.

El momento que más la marcó fue encontrar un gato de 15 días en un alcantarillado, “verlo cubierto de pulgas, mojado, muerto de hambre, maullando, no podía creer que alguien pudiera hacerle eso a un ser vivo, creo que en ese momento comprendí lo que era la maldad. Saqué fuerzas, no sé de dónde, abrí la alcantarilla, cogí el gato y lo llevé a mi casa, lo cuide, mi mamá me ayudó a conseguirle casa, cuando estoy a punto de perder la esperanza recuerdo ese gato y cómo salió adelante”.

Le contribuye a la paz con acciones que se pueden hacer más fuertes si se trabajan en equipo con otras personas, desde la cultura del voluntariado ambiental, replicando el conocimiento, participando de manera activa y política en los procesos de su comuna. “Con el simple hecho de no apoyar la guerra se puede generar un cambio en la mentalidad de las personas que están a tu alrededor”.

Para ella es importante aportarle a la paz por una simple y sencilla razón, que no se cansará de decir: “todos debemos hacer parte del cambio que queremos, todos queremos la paz, soñamos con ese estado de tranquilidad en el que el mundo se encuentra en equilibrio, dónde el respeto sea uno de los valores que todos deseen ejercer, lo único que necesitamos es que todos quieran ser parte del cambio”.

Para las personas que quieren ser constructoras de paz recomienda que lo cuestionen todo, la duda es otra forma de inteligencia, que le pongan pasión a las cosas, ser respetuosos y buscar el cambio en uno mismo primero antes de decidir cambiar el mundo.

“Para querer cambiar el mundo es necesario empezar con cambiarse uno mismo, luego llevar el cambio a la familia, el entorno, la comuna. Hay que tener en cuenta que no es fácil, uno debe amar lo que hace, ser creativo y tener la mente abierta a nuevas experiencias”.

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