The Segundo Tiempo –Acompaña la Jugada project, aims to offer children and young adults from Cazucá a variety of activities where they can enjoy themselves, having both fun and healthy enriching experiences.
Through these activities we undertake processes that aim to strengthen participants and to help them deal with the risks they face in their surrounding environment and also work along side them so that they see themselves as agents of change within their families, schools and communities.
Thus we have undertaken this new path to reach children and young adults through play and knowledge of music and theatre, hopping that the kids not only learn thought these activities but also dream up a future where their passions may be part of their Jobs and livelihood.
The Fundación Tiempo de Juego’s Segundo Tiempo, Acompaña la Jugada project is funded by Children of the Andes, (COTA) who has been working since 1991 to support vulnerable children in Colombia, who face the daily challenges of poverty and violence. Thanks to the organizations work, tens of thousands of children have gained the education, healthcare and specialist support they need to build happier, more fulfilling lives. The estate agency Agencia Presidencial Para la Cooperación Internacional- APC has also supported and funded this new endeavor.
Presently the Tiempo de Juego Staff is promoting its theatre and music workshops in local schools and have had a warm and excited response from girls, boys and young adults.
Workshops for 110 children and Young men and women who live in Cazuca begin august 1.
In the last two weeks, children form Cazucá and Cartagena were awarded for their commitment with Tiempo de Juego’s model of fairness and positive values. During the Christmas celebrations, among recreation, matches and food, they received the uniform for continuing playing soccer during the next year. Those activities were possible thanks to all the donors like you, who have supported our work.
In January they will received the school kit, to support their educational process. You are all invited to join us in those celebrations, and to come and participate, any day, in the activities we develop in both Cazucá and Cartagena.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you.
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.
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