Formula Smiles Foundation have had the priviledge to be helped by a group of friends and CEO's of some of the biggest companies in Colombia and worldwide who create a campaing to help Villa Lorena's Project in Villavicencio City.
We would like to share with you the description of the project:
"A group of friends born and raised in Colombia came to the point in life where we want to take our philanthropic quest to the next level. Aware of the moral obligation we all have in leaving a positive vestige in other human beings and especially in children, we now undertake this path; which holds as main target and driver helping Colombia out of violence and poverty. Our common understanding is that through education and sports we can open infinite doors of possibilities for children, and more importantly, can give our little grain to support this audacious journey.
What do we want to accomplish?
Our goal is to raise US $42.000 to support Fórmula Sonrisas, a foundation created in 2003 that supports education, well-being and self-esteem through the practice of sports for low income children. 42 friends will run The Miami Marathon to collect US$42.000. We want to collect this money by February 2, 2014. The raised resources will be donated to benefit the boys and girls of the Villa Lorena chapter. Villa Lorena is a neighbourhood in Villavicencio´s foothills with a strong history of violence and poverty (Villavicencio is the capital of the Meta Department, one of Colombia’s main oil and gas areas). With this contribution (US $42.000) we will ensure 100% sustainability for more than ONE THOUSAND CHILDREN at the project at Villa Lorena for ONE YEAR."
After the Marathon of Miami, we organized a Marathon with the children of Villa Lorena's project and their community in order to announced the donation we received for them. The event was amazing because we ran with the people of 42X42X42 and with our founders, Juan Pablo and Connie Montoya who were absolutely happy and proud to receive support from such a group.
These are their opinions about the event:
JPM: "It was an amazing experience. You really don’t appreciate what we have until you see the conditions these people live in and they are still smiling and enjoying life. It was great to see the support of the kids and the whole community and their belief and commitment in what Formula Sonrisas does."
Connie: "Running and sharing time with the kids of Villa Lorena, Meta was an amazing experience. The opportunity to share with them, see their enthusiasm, smiles and fitness level is a surprise and it really motivated us to continue working for and with them."
Enjoy the pictures and don't miss the opportunity to continue helping to improve the qualiy of life of Colombian children.
We are privileged to share with you, our partners, the success we had last year, when we set TWO main objectives:
1. Implement SPARK methodology in the Educational Area:
Our beneficiaries were part of Physical Education lessons through an American Program (USA), which was adapted not only to Our country but also to each place, region, and culture where it was implemented. For example, when we taught about music, the participants had the opportunity to connect with their our music, like Dancing “Vallenatos” in Cartagena, “Reggae" in San Andrés and “Joropo” in Villavicencio.
The methodology caused great impact on children's attention and their participation in each class was growing. The teachers were very happy and totally satisfied seeing the progress of the beneficiaries in their discipline, commitment, punctuality and their fitness.
2. Strengthen each of our areas (Educational, Sports and Recreational) through the Values Program:
- Educational Area: SPARK handles many activities that develop social skills in children. These activities and the work of our psychologists and social workers were fundamental to result in better performance in our beneficiaries.
- Sports Area: through the methodology “Sport for Peace and Education” our children didn’t fight when they were in the field. They didn’t argue violently about mistakes the other’s made. "They shared the ball" to girls and younger kids, they didn´t said bad words, they helped others in diferents occasions when necessary. The Beneficiaries of Formula Smiles play fair!
- Recreational Area: recruiting social workers allowed the children found a new best friend and in addittion to the recreational activities they had with their families and the community, they received an specialized care to solve their family problems so they could improve their relationships.
This year objective was not to grow in the number of beneficiaries while we improved our programs but despite that, our coverage did not decrease and instead of that we had more children interested in being part of our Foundation which shows us the great impact we has made in the community so more people want to improve their quality of life through sports
We cannot be doing better during this year. That is why we are very proud to share with you some highlights which reflects how have we are making more than 5000 Colombian children smile.
When: The 14th
Where: at the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel
Why: to discuss the best ways to showcase the results our project has achieved over the years to our donors and partners.
Who: Staff of the Governor’s and Mayor’soffices, members of the “Loma Fresca” community action board and other specialguests who have supported and followed our work in Cartagena.
Thanks to the participation of all of those present and the unconditional support the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel has always offered to us, the breakfast resulted in a number of agreements and ideas for furthering our projects’ growth.
As you may know, for the Formula Smiles Foundation it is fundamental to work on the formation of values through its sports program. For that reason, in Cartagena’s project we held a workshop named “Seamos Solidarios” (Let’s Show Solidarity) that consisted on a mock newscast in which our boys and girls used anecdotes and experiences to explain the importance of solidarity to their peers.
This activity allowed the organizers to evaluate how much the children learned about solidarity and the importance of putting this value into practice in their daily lives.
The result was a truly memorable experience for the kids, who had the opportunity to laugh and share stories as they tried out different roles as cameramen, reporters and directors. In addition to being an exciting and enriching activity, the mock newscast offered a chance for the children to learn the true meaning of solidarity by working together.
Within the framework of our new alliance with the Colombian Triathlon Federation, whose objective is to help improve the wellbeing and education of Colombia’s children through the practice of sports, the Colombian Triathlon Cup was held in San Andres Island during the past 26 through 28 of April. More than 600 athletes from Colombia, Ecuador, Panamá and Venezuela competed in Olympic swimming over a distance of 1.5 Km of open sea, 40 Km of cycling and 10 km of running to finally finish the beautiful route designed around the Island.
The “Supérate” Program was conceived within the government proposal of the former presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos. Aiming at inclusion, sports and academic competences, and complementary school days, this initiative seeks to create opportunities for children between 7 and 17 to practice sports; by fomenting through physical and recreational activities, and a proper use of free time, the improvement in educational quality and permanence as well as the development of citizen competences within the boys and girls in Colombia.
How committed are we to this project? The Foundation plays a very active role in this program and we hope for its evolution and permanence for many years to come; this kind of project shows the results of our work and motivates us to keep on going. For more information about “Supérate”, go to the link below.
About our last Project Report
During the month of April we started the implementation of the methodology “Sport for Peace and Education”, a wonderfully creative method in which rules of sports and conduct converge harmoniously. The method consists on a series of pre-established agreements in which the final score of the game is determined by the fulfillment of the technical rules of each sport and those of conduct, agreed upon previously by the children involved. The coach serves a supervising and moderating roll, but those who determine faults and scores are the childrenplaying.
Teams are gender-mixed and score points are smiles! What better way to inculcate and promote in our children values such as tolerance, respect and equality?
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.
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.
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