Formula Sonrisas Foundation

Formula Smiles Foundation is a 501(C)(3) not-for profit organization legally constituted in the United States, by Colombian racecar driver Juan Pablo Montoya and his wife Connie Freydell-Montoya. Our goal is through sports and sportsmanship to improve the quality of life of thousands of children in Colombia, who have been overwhelmed by poverty and violence . Formula Smiles is providing tools and life skills that will help these children strive for brighter futures and become important positive agents of change for Colombia and the world. Formula Smiles Foundation supports more than 5,000 children in five different Colombian communities. Each community has its own story, its own idiosyn...
May 6, 2013

Sharing our Good Results during 2012

We cannot start letting you know the Formula Smiles good news during 2012 without thanking to all of you, our donors, for supporting our job for the vulnerable Children in Colombia.

 

The most important develop we made in our methodology was the strengthening of the Values Program within the recruitment of psychologists and social workers who have been improving the methods of teaching values through sports, educational and recreational activities.

We are very proud to say that our beneficiaries are more Honest, Tolerant, Respectful, Solidarity, Responsible and Humble according with the results of the measurement process.

 

Additionally, thanks to The World Bank, we could achieve the systematization of “Sport for Peace and Education” methodology in order to develop and create new tools to strength this practice. It is important to mention that we received this consultation thanks to the “Peace and Soccer Alliance”.

 

At last but not least, as notice has being given in previous reports, our children were distinguished because of their excellent performance in all the different competitions and tournaments they participated in during the year.

 

We invite you to take a view of our 2012 Management Report in the link below.

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Feb 1, 2013

Full of activities!

Halloween
Halloween

During the last three months the Foundation has had a lot of movement!

In October, the children´s month, our kids enjoyed special community activities to celebrate halloween. They had a lot of fun dressing up in costumes, dancing, and sharing their creativity and lots of candy. The boys and girls were proud to demonstrate what they have learned in they classes with their neighbors. 

In late October, the entire Formula Smiles team traveled to the city of Bogotá to hold its annual management meeting. Teachers and social workers from each of our projects and the staff from our administrative office in Bogota gathered to review the year´s achievemnet and plan activities for each area in 2013. Thanks to everyone´s cooperation, we met our goals for each day of the meeting and are now ready to begin a new year of working for our kids. 

The children enjoyed from various tournaments and championship during this period. Thanks to their effort, discipline and effort,the girls from the mini basketball and peewee indoor soccer were champions in both categories in the "Coldeportes Superate con el Deporte" tournament at a municipal level.

The third Inter-foundations games of the Peace and Soccer Alliance took place in the city of Cartagena in November, where our children from Ibagué had the opportunity to travel to Cartagena, enjoying from the experience of getting on a plane, seeing the sea for their first time, and sharing with children from different foundations of Colombia. More than 150 children from a total of 10 foundations had fun playing soccer while learning about fair play and gender equality in workshops that emphazised female empowerment and positive masculine values. Our children demonstrated their commitment towards fair play; our team placed second place!

Formula Smiles Foundation is more than ready to begin a new year full of energy and commitment so we can continue to provide a better quality of life to our children.

Annual Management Meeting
Annual Management Meeting
Tournament
Tournament
Interfoundations tournament
Interfoundations tournament
Oct 2, 2012

A period full of smiles and surprises!

More smiles thanks to the alliance with LG
More smiles thanks to the alliance with LG

A lot has happened in the Ibague’s project! It has been a period full of technology, culture, nutrition and health.

 

LG and Formula Smiles Foundation have joined forces in an Alliance linking the foundation to this technologically innovative company’s corporate social responsibility projects.

 

LG demonstrated the company’s commitment to the children of Colombia; the company provided special shows for more than 300 children in our Ibague project in the neighborhood of “Nuevo Armero”. The show consisted in taking LG’s latest 3D flat screen TV’s to the Ibague’s Project and giving the children the opportunity of watching the movie Toy Story in 3D; taking this experience to a whole new level.  Not only did they watch a 3D format movie, but they also received popcorn, juice and a giraffe stuffed animal; the children’s enormous smiles demonstrated the success of the activity!

 

We have also surprised our children with a day enjoying delicious “Boggy” Jell-o thanks to the donation from Alpina, a dairy and food production Colombian company. “Boggy” is not only exquisite, but also nutritious; in this activity the children received a lecture emphasizing the importance of a balanced diet along with a healthy lifestyle.

 

The surprises don’t end! One of the schools we support “Raices del Futuro” organized a Cultural Week where different cultural scenarios were practiced within various activities; they organized dances, plays and sport activities that involved different cultural habits. Within this environment a basketball tournament was held and Formula Smiles’ teachers were the ones who structured and held it, it was a different week that enhanced a dynamic education.

 

Formula Smiles is constantly emphasizing the importance of health habits therefore we organized a day of vaccination in which the government’s Health Body went to “Nuevo Armero” neighborhood and vaccinated 20 children with vaccination they needed.

 

Thanks to our donors we are able to provide our children with different activities that become big smiles! It has been a period full of surprises, and there’s so much more to come!

Wonderful setting
Wonderful setting
Unforgettable experience
Unforgettable experience
Enjoying Jello
Enjoying Jello
Enormous smiles in the LG activity!
Enormous smiles in the LG activity!
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