A new beginning for 61 families in Colombia

Jul 15, 2014

Bonus Day Contest!

The 71 families that returned to Los Medios to start their lives over never lost their love for life. Doña Rosa and the other villagers constantly keep in mind the luck and strength that kept them going through it all, as we can see in this video

We paid them a visit together with a team from Nice and Serious, a creative agency from London. We’ve got some updates on how are things going in the community, the flow of the panela production process and encountered new needs.

The committees they have created ensure a good activity of the school and church and address nutrition, law, economic and social issues. The kids are going to school, the main shop in the village manages to offer locals almost everything they need, but still, the panela production process is in continuous development.

The Los Medios community has come a long way thanks to your support. And it can go further with your help.

We know our donors are amazing people that see the value of their involvement in our projects so this time we prepared a surprise for those of you who decide to send your gift to ‘A new beginning for 61 families in Colombia’ project. Besides the amazing feeling of being the change in someone’s life, you can also win a ticket to a local event happening in your city, that you can attend with a friend. Check the steps here.

Donating on Wednesday, July 16th, increases both the impact of your gift and your chances to win the prize. On Wednesday, Global Giving runs the 3rd Bonus Day of the year. Until 11:59 pm EST, Global Giving matches each donation with 40%. This means your impact on these families’ lives increases if you send a gift today.

Note: ’A new beginning for 61 families in Colombia’ is part of the Together for Colombia campaign that we developed in order to raise awareness on the social and economic reality of this country and involve the international community in changing it to the better. Keep in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or our blog.  


May 8, 2014

Bonus Day: Los Medios can go ever further.

Dear supporters,


Thank you for being with us since the beginning of this project. We started a bouncy journey and together we managed to give to the families in Los Medios village a chance to a brighter future. And this happened thanks to you, for taking the time to read and understand their story and for deciding to give it a twist. A brighter one.

In Los Medios there are currently 71 families that have returned to their homeland. The community has formed various committees, in charge of the good activity of the school, church, nutrition, law, economic and social issues. The production of panela work better and better and thanks to your generous donations, the manufacturers have professional equipment to work in a safe environment and produce a qualitative 100% natural product. The Los Medios community is currently commercializing panela to the Granada market, the closest municipality, increasing the confidence level in the local economic activity. As the production of panela is the main financial resource that brings income to the families in the village, the purpose is to continuously increase the quality of production and extend the distribution market in other municipalities also to contribute to the community development.

The Los Medios community has come a long way thanks to your support. And it can go further with your help. Today is a special day for us, as Global Giving runs the Bonus Day. Until tonight, at 11:59 pm EST, Global Giving matches each donation with 30%. This means your impact on this families’ lives increases if you send a gift today.


Note: ’A new beginning for 61 families in Colombia’ is part of the Together for Colombia campaign that we developed in order to raise awareness on the social and economic reality of this country and involve the international community in changing it to the better. Keep in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or our blog.  


Mar 3, 2014

Transforming Sugarcane in Panela-Process Improved

The production begins!
The production begins!

Hello dear friends,

As I told you in the last report, you have allowed us to help in a real way the community of Los Medios, because, while their visible heads have learned how to become better leaders; at the same time the community has also optimized the production process of Panela.

Remember that back in april 2013, thanks to your generosity, we could give equipment and inputs to the community, so they could produce Panela in a better way? Today, I’m very pleased to tell you that the community of Los Medios is currently commercializing their Panela production in the formal market that takes place in Granada, the closest municipality.

Nowadays the community is producing an excellent product very well packed, 100% natural and made in Los Medios. According to this new scenario, people are more confident about the economic activity they chose to make a living, and this situation has brought more people that have expressed their intention to join the existing producers to increase production quantities and sell more Panela, not only in Granada’s market, but in other close municipalities markets.

Although with the help of all of you we have made progress in achieving a better quality of life for the community of Los Medios, they still need our help to continue improving, therefore I extend again the invitation to keep supporting these people who each day send blessings to all of you.

Let's cook some cane!
Portion it
Portion it
Panela before packing process
Panela before packing process
Packing the product
Packing the product
Panela packed and ready to be commercialized
Panela packed and ready to be commercialized
Dec 2, 2013

The Association of Los Medios now has a true north

The Village between the mountains
The Village between the mountains

Dear Supporter,

It is hard to put into words, the gratitude we at Corporacion Interactuar feel towards you for your generous donation. You have allowed us to extend additional help to the community of Los Medios Village.This time, I’m pleased to tell you what we keep doing, and most important, what we have achieved thanks to the support we have received from you.

It is important to remind you that the Community's Association of Los Medios is in charge of bringing benefits to 61 families in the territory.  According to this, we have focused our interventions in the improvement of how its leaders manage the organization, and how we can help to maximize the way it helps the population.

In this vein, your donation helped us build  with community’s leaders, the future planning and what would be the organization’s mission, as well as their fields of action and what should be the principles which should govern their actions.

As you may know, every organization has to have a true north, and which is the reason that led to its existence.  That was the great achievement during this intervention, because before it took place, there were many questions of the role that had to perform each leader and the entire organization looking to represent real benefits to the community.

Here are some words of Jaime León Aguirre, one of the leaders of the Association of Los Medios:

"Every Workshop gives us more clearness about what we have to do as leaders for the community, and all the things we can achieve step by step managing properly the Association.  We hope you could be by our side more time, we'll keep each one of the donors in our hearts!"

With your assistance, the Association of Los Medios has started on a path to take out of poverty the people of this small Village. Bless you and we hope that you will continue to support our organization and the important difference we can make in the lives of these people!

The leader with our consultants
The leader with our consultants
Packing Panela
Packing Panela
Aug 19, 2013



Hello to all dear donors,

In this opportunity, I am writing to get you in touch with the project you have supported, informing you, how well we are doing thanks to your generosity.

On the beginning of the project, we delivered some especial tools to the population of Los Medios Village, so they could improve the way they produce Panela, as you may see in previous reports.  Well, I am glad to tell you all, that in June, our professionals went to Los Medios again, but this time, to work with the representatives of the population, strengthening the relationship between them, besides developing and giving them real responsibilities to keep improving the economic and social status of the Village.

Let me report you about the first workshop we could give to the people, thanks to you.

According to the educational level of the participants, the workshop was participatory, starting from experiences they have lived. Simple dynamics were prioritized, leading to reflections and conclusions on the different topics that were strengthened

During the workshop, our professionals worked with the group the concept of Respect, showing them that there are no silly questions, therefore every doubt that exists has to be asked and solved, and everyone may participate. Another concept worked was Honesty an the importance to meet commitments no matter what. Finally, this session was useful to recall and reaffirm them the achievements they have reached being a community, and the importance to remain together and work as a team to keep improving.

The participants were explicitly happy with this workshop, here is what Doña Rosa said about it: "Everything was very good, we learned a lot.  Now I will hear always what other's got to say, also we have to understand to each other and work together, to make the best of our Village.  And Finally, as leaders, we have to walk together through this path".

Once again, as the project leader, I have no words to express my grateful with all of you, because you have made this possible, as you may see we are changing lives, and I encourage you to help me spread the word about this challenging and noble cause, so we keep helping people from Antioquia-Colombia to start over after the war.

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Project Leader

Daniel Marulanda

Medellin, Antioquia Colombia

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