Educate 160 Colombian orphans and conflict victims


Siblings Tisoy Jacanamijoy, Yesica Alendra, Maribel and Mariano, are of indigenous Inga descent. 15 years ago their parents suffered under the whip of displacement and were ejected from their rural district Putumayo. They were fated to travel across the region, in search of a place that could offer safety and security for their children. Their travels are evident in the different birthplaces of their children; the oldest daughter Jessica was born in Ibagué, Maribel was born in Magdalena, and Mariano was born in Sincelejo. It has been 5 years since they arrived at Bucaramanga, and settled in the center of the city in a commercial district where they could pay their board daily.

Their parents are immersed in an informal economy, traveling vendors of creams, ointments, bracelets and other herbal medicines, none of which provide sufficient economic resources for taking care of their children. Furthermore, issues of alcohol consumption make this a situation which compromises the rights of their children and puts them at risk to sell drugs or other things. Knowledge of this situation came about through an interdisciplinary team and through resources provided by Global Giving. The Foundation provided support for the family, and was able to connect with the children. The two sisters are now in sixth grade, and the young boy is in first grade. They are participating in formative workshops, receiving psychological attention, therapy, aid from social workers, and other complementary services. They also receive lunch daily which allows for improved nutrition. With the support of the interdisciplinary team of professionals, the parents have taken on their role of responsibility for their children, have lowered their alcohol consumption, and have maintained good family dynamics.

Estructurar Foundation continues to help 160 boys and girls in vulnerable situations who do not have guaranteed access to education nor proper attention. They receive “Integral Education” from their childhood up until they have completed their technical education in design or the graphic arts. They also receive the title of Technician of design, signed by SENA (National Service for Learning) which gives them the best opportunities in their work the moment they have graduated from Estructurar Foundation.

The children receiving attention have achieved good results in their academic pursuits, have used their free time well in their participation in complimentary activities, and have also improved social interactions with their classmates in groups and in pairs. Their families have been fortified through models of growth which has helped them to improve their relations and effective bonds as well.

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Maria del Carmen Sijindioy was born on May 1, 1998 in Barrancabermeja, now she is 12 years old, her mother, an indigenous woman of Putumayo, left her land like many other Colombians fleeing the armed violence.

Maria's older brothers were given up for adoption and Maria came to an indigenous family, which, with love and solidarity, took over providing protection and care for the girl. Over the years, Maria's older brother, who lives in the United States, start searching for his sister and through a process that we have provided assistance with, now Maria can count on her brother’s support and has established strong ties with him.

Maria continues to participate in sports and recreational activities of the NGO Estructurar. Maria is in fourth grade; she is a joyful child, cooperative and happy to know that she is a lucky person because she has two families that love her and desire all the best for her.

At this time, Estructurar NGO continues to provide attention to 160 children who, because of the poverty of their families, have no access to education and quality care. The children receive formal education, attend recreational activities, are served in the school cafeteria, and enjoy leisurely spaces in which they can build self-esteem. The children that are attending the program permanently develop the basic skills through educational activities in school, improve their socio-affective state, receive food and participate in the extended school day program.

The Foundation has been working with the school for parents to strengthen ties between parents and children and help parents in dealing with their responsibilities towards their children.
The contributions we receive are essential to ensure continuity of care and strengthen the life-project of these children.

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Silivia Liliana is a 12-year-old girl currently attending the 5th grade. Her family does not have enough revenue to ensure her school attendance, but thanks to the resources collected through Global Giving, Silvia has been able to continue her studies and count on the support to overcome the difficulties and emotional damage that resulted from the situation in which she and her family live in.

The story of Silvia’s family is only one of the hundreds that roam Colombia. Her family comes from the eastern part of the country however, in 2004, the terror of the guerilla forced them to be displaced to Santander. Nowadays the family is leaving behind this chapter of their lives and has been looking forward to what the future will bring.

Thanks to donations received, the project has assisted around 160 children that, because of their vulnerable economic and social conditions, cannot access quality education and care. The children beneficiaries of the program have received formal education; they engage in recreational activities, have access to a cafeteria and take advantage of participatory spaces and courses for the strengthening of their self-esteem.

We would like to thank all the donors and future donors that have and will support the project because they are the color in the lives of these 160 children. You make possible these changes in their lives that enable them to have a better quality of life.

We invite you to encourage your families, friends and acquaintances to get to know this important project that makes such a difference in this world.


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Project Leader

Martina Cocco

Bogota, D.C. Colombia

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