El Desafio Foundation

To create an inclusive society with equal development opportunities that fights the root causes of poverty and promotes civic participation.
Dec 6, 2016

Season's End Street Party

As the year is coming to an end and summer is aproaching Rosario, we thought it would be nice to celebrate with a street party, so, we did. We talked with our neighbours and for a couple of hours we closed our street and filled it with colour. 

Our Hockey girls surprised us with a beautifull poem they wrote and shared with everyone where they summed up their experience through the year. Being part of a team meant leaving disagreements behind, setting commong goals and working together to get them. They all leave home feeling loved, and full of new learnings. 

The rest of our programs also had their moment during the day to show the results of the year and to have fun playing outside, feeling safe and owning their future!

Thanks for your support, and please continue to follow us through our social media accounts - Facebook - Twitter & Instagram

Nov 23, 2016

Learning from Champions

The past months have been full of excitement, as we organized the 2nd edition of the Happy Cities Festival, where we invited the whole community to discuss what makes the city a happy place for all of us.

During that festival, youth and specially our girls had a special role, as they participated in all of the talks and round-tables and then gave their feedback to the Local Government General Secretary and the head of the Rosario National University. This experience was truly empowering as they had a voice and a platform to share their thoughts and vision.

Also, after the Rio Olympics, we received an inspiring visit as the Gold medallist Cecilia Carranza visited the girls of Hockey Junior & Hockey Power and spent a few hours chatting about topics that interest them: what is success, what is happiness, how to overcome obstacles and the importance of having dreams and following them. She taught us an invaluable as she said that if you want to go fast, then go alone, but if you want to go far, then go with a team.

We invite you all to become part of our team so that we can all go further!

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Oct 18, 2016

Accelerating the future towards a happy city!

How do we create a truly happy city? A city in which all citizens have equal opportunities of development? A city where the voice of the children is heard? Last week we discussed these questions during the second edition of our Ciudades Felices (Happy Cities) Festival in Rosario, Argentina. More than 500 people attended a day full of keynote speeches, roundtables, exhibitions & innovative spaces of interaction. With the presence of different (inter)national speakers - among whom the famous urbanist Gil Peñalosa and the coach of the national Argentine football team Edgardo Bauza - we discussed topics like youth development, urban planning and mobility.

I co-founded El Desafío Foundation more than 11 years ago and to see the ever growing group of youngsters, of which many volunteers was truly moving. We organize the festival to inspire and get inspired, to share our knowledge and make a bigger impact by creating new connections. Currently based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands I had the opportunity to get a bit of an 'outside view' attending the festival and working with the team for the last 2,5 weeks. Democracy in the making, fueling the hope for a better future; it's so inspiring to be part of this challenge. 

At the festival actors from various backgrounds - entrepreneurs, NGO's, the Municipality, schools, and many more - got together as equals with a common goal. Our youngsters did not only co-create, they also curated the wrap up at the end of the festival. They shared their main concerns and ideas with the Secretary-General of the Municipality and the university chancellor. Their advice: more attention for LGBT rights, sports as a platform for development and sustainable transport and inclusive public spaces. But not just words, also the conclusion that if we want to create a happy city, citizens can't be spectators, we all need to act, and now!

Thank you so much for your support. Only with your help we can give these youngsters the opportunity to create the city they envision. Very soon we can share the after movie and more outcomes of the festival. Don't hesitate to contact me for more information. 

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