We have seen how important is to offer other options to our children. For this reason we have diversified the sports, in order to attract even more kids. Nowadays they can play soccer but also basketball, and they can practice cheering if they want. Besides, we included arts such as breakdance and painting exercises, and we created the journalism workshops. This extra options allow us to grow up and help more kids of Altos de Cazucá, which is a vulnerable community in the south of Bogotá. Thanks to the support we have received, Tiempo de Juego has acquired a new wonderful headquarter, really near of the soccer field where the kids play. This four-storey building will have a bakery with the objective of teaching kids how to make different products and how to process soybean. It will also have the space for a screen work, giving kids the opportunity to learn the technique of making prints on t-shirts. Finally, it will have a library, a systems room, a toy library, and a few classrooms. Tiempo de Juego has designed the program G.O.L (goal in spanish), and it means: Generating Job Opportunities. The idea is to improve the socioeconomic conditions of the community youth so they can have a better quality of life. This program was joined for the very first time by 50 young people, and they have graduated. Moreover, with the idea of expanding the coverage, we have done the DDAM festival (Dance, Sport, Art and Music). All children in surrounding schools could participate in those categories, and a jury chosen by the Foundation determined the winners based on the values of inclusion, talent, effort and discipline.
I am very grateful for all the support you have given to us in this beautiful responsibility. Every single day we work to protect the children from the risks of the street such as vandalism, drug addiction or teen pregnancy, not to mention others. I hope this news will enhance and maintain the confidence you have put in Tiempo de Juego. Finally, i would like to say that we are also opened for any recommendations so we can improve our work.
Tiempo de Juego has been bustling with very exiting projects this year. On May 4 we launched the soccer championship “Fútbol bajo la Luna” (Soccer under the Moon) in Altos de Cazucá. It is an event that brings the community at large together during Friday and Saturday's nights. For many, this was an unthinkable idea in an area like Altos de Cazucá, in which clashes between different armed groups are the norm, and, at night, people abstain to go out of their homes. Sixteen teams, some from Tiempo de Juego, other from the community at large, are participating; and we have witnessed at least 200 members from the community meet every night to support their teams or just to relax. At the inauguration, the band 12 Pasos Flow, constituted by youths that participate in our programs, launched the official song of Tiempo de Juego that they themselves composed (Check it out: http://soundcloud.com/12pasosflow). Another group of youths, also part of Tiempo de Juego, have been blogging about the event (http://www.inforgol.blogspot.com/).
In alliance with the Colombian non-for-profit organization Compartir, we are also working on a very exciting project: Compartir Jugando, which aims to augment considerably the number of children we serve. The goal is to double our coverage in Cazucá, from 500 to 1000 children, by actively promoting Tiempo de Juego's programs in schools and other community spaces which we are not yet reaching. We are proud about the fact that the project will be coordinated and ran by four beneficiaries of our programs. They participated in Tiempo de Juego's programs for six years, and now join us as staff.
Tiempo de Juego has also received a grant from the Ducht organization Women Win, whose mission is to “equip adolescent girls to exercise their rights through sport”. To attain this goal we began to implement the Goal Program, designed by the Standard Chartered's Bank, which combines sport and life skills education to transform the lives of girls in unserved communities.
I want to share with you the enthusiasm these news have brought to Tiempo the Juego. We would have never achieved all this without your continual support. I hope these news reinforce the trust you have put on Tiempo de Juego and your desire to support us. Spread the word and let us know if you have any ideas to attract wider support.
As we all know the school year has already started for all our kids in Tiempo de Juego and we would like to say thanks so much for your generous donations through the GlobalGiving 'Soccer and School’ Project. Every one of your donations ensures a scholar kit to all the kids and young people that are in our project.
Many thanks to all of our donors for believing in our cause and thanks so much because that’s the reason why today our kids have a bag with notebooks, pencils, pens, materials and happiness. Tiempo de Juego can celebrate that while our kids keep studying, we are doing the right job and your donations have helped fund the accomplishments we have achieved.
Thanks again for choosing to support Tiempo de Juego. We want you to feel like part of our team. We're in this together.
Thank you again for all you have done to help this cause.
Tiempo de Juego would like to say thanks for your generous donations through the GlobalGiving 'Soccer and School’ Project. Every one of your donations helped to give 400 Colombian children in poverty a great Christmas 2011.
Many thanks to all of our donors for believing in our cause. On Saturday 17 December more than 400 children of Tiempo de Juego celebrated Christmas in Cazucá involving, games, soccer activities and the special opportunity to have a great match between the kids of Tiempo de Juego and the artist team football club.
The stage of the match was the beautiful Tibanica Park, of which the kids were able to enjoy its beautiful new changing rooms.
At the final whistle, all the children and teenagers received their Christmas presents of uniforms and football boots which will provide them with the tools to continue playing football for peace throughout 2012.
We hope you had a great holiday period, your continued support gives hundreds of children hope and opportunities for a better life.
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