Fundacion Tiempo de Juego

Tiempo de Juego is a non-profit entity that seeks to foster the adequate use of free time among children and youth in the most vulnerable areas of Colombia. The foundation seeks to distance children from the social ills that surround them and educate them through strategies such as sports and cultural activities. Tiempo de Juego's mission is to spawn social cohesion and development through sports, cultural, recreational, and formative tools whose purpose is the generation of competencies, promotion of values, and the effective use of free time in a responsible and conscientious manner, generating a positive and replicable impact towards a better quality of life for the community and its surr...
Nov 25, 2014

Whatever it takes in order to be happy

Young cultural leaders
Young cultural leaders

Tiempo de Juego’s theater participants were invited to participate in the Theater’s Week, a festival organized by the University Pedagógica of Bogotá. In this event, Tiempo de Juego’s group prepared a presentation based on the methodology of the Theater of the Oppressed, a social development strategy used to work amid vulnerable communities.

The Theater of the Oppressed is a theatrical form elaborated by Augusto Boal in Brazil during the 60’s. Boal's techniques use theatre as means of promoting social and political change. In the Theatre of the Oppressed, the audience becomes active, and the "spect-actors” are invited to explore, show, analyse and transform the reality in which they actors are living.

The theater presentation, called “Whatever it takes in order to be happy”, was organized and executed by the young cultural leaders from the community. They were in charge for writing the dialogues as well as for training the new and younger participants. “Whatever it takes in order to be happy” has been presented twice in different scenarios, showing and representing –through theater- the school issues that children and youth from Cazucá have to face in their daily lives. Thanks to your support, these participants have gained experience in the field and they have learnt that dreaming is all it takes in order to be happy. 

Whatever it takes in order to be happy
Whatever it takes in order to be happy
Nov 25, 2014

A CARNIVAL FOR PEACE

Our Carnival
Our Carnival's invitation

Tiempo de Juego has been working strongly in order to promote and protect Womens’ Rights by training its team on gender issues and creating projects that aim to reduce gender inequalities. Nowadays, children and youth that attend to Tiempo de Juego’s activities are aware of what gender violence is and they have learnt to understand that women have the same rights as men. This has a particular importance inside Altos de Cazucá where gender and sex stereotypes are deeply rooted in the community.

Thanks to your support during the past few months, Tiempo de Juego will be able to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Womenon Friday November 25th, a day in which the organization will be raising awareness of the fact that women are vulnerable actors in every society, being victims of rape, domestic violence, discrimination, among others. On this particular day, Tiempo de Juego is organizing a Carnival for Peace where the organization’s music group, consisting of children and youth from the community, will be inviting participants and women from Altos de Cazucá to speak out against such types of violence.  

Our music workshops
Our music workshops'participants
Oct 31, 2014

Time for Play, and Time for Learning in Cartagena

Two of Alianza
Two of Alianza's kids!

Paige is GlobalGiving's Champion for Customer Bliss in our office in Washington, DC. During a trip to Colombia, she had the chance to visit some of GlobalGiving's projects. Here is her postcard from the field.

Visiting Cartagena, it’s easy to never see outside the walled, beautiful old city.  But this is a small part of a larger story in this ancient, sprawling city. Olaya is a slum about 30 minutes from the old city and home to some of Cartagena’s most dangerous “bandas” or gangs. One minute we’re driving through high rises and high-end hotels, the next we’ve swerved south and east along the lagoon and down a couple dirt roads to Tiempo de Juegos’ offices just outside the main road.

Tiempo de Juego in Cartagena is slightly different set-up than their program in Cazuca, Bogotá. To make an even more impressive difference in the community they have partnered with Colombianitos to create Alianza - a collaborative effort to help teach the children of Olaya the importance of mutual respect, education, and thinking towards the future.

We arrived at the offices after practices had already finished for the day, but a couple of the kids were still hanging out around the office in their jerseys, kicking around a soccer ball. Leon, the Cartagena program leader, and I chatted about where the program is going. Alianza runs a variety of programs including table tennis, education programs, and after school tutoring. Education is all important to the programs – in order to participate, kids have to have a certificate from their school saying they attend – and Leon’s pride in this showed when some of the kids who are now attending vocational schools showed up. He introduced them proudly saying “this is why we do our work.”

After our chat, we wander through the neighborhood to visit the dusty but brightly painted field where the practices happen for the students in the mornings and late afternoons. Alianza’s name had been painted on the wall, and a small tree gives some much needed shade from the intense afternoon heat. After watching the kids kick around the ball a bit, we wander back to the office. I turned to one of the kids and asked,” Are you in school?”

“Yes”

“Do you like school? What is your favorite class?”

“Yes I do! Math is my favorite class.”

All in all, Alianza and Tiempo de Juego is doing interesting and impactful work in Olaya, and giving kids a safe and fun place to learn and grow. 

Tiempo de Juego
Tiempo de Juego's football field
Meeting in the Alianza office
Meeting in the Alianza office

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