Feb 19, 2021

New perspectives to strengthen social fabric

compost preparation
compost preparation

Dear Friend,

We hope that 2021 has received you in the best way and that the difficulties faced in 2020 have served to grow at all levels. For our organization, the last period has also represented new challenges and therefore the need to implement changes to achieve the objectives we have set for ourselves.

Regarding our project "Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota", we have had the possibility to reconnect with the beneficiary population. Fortunately, their health is optimal and after passing the most difficult period of quarantine they have seen the need to continue working to strengthen food security through community gardens and local consumption.

Despite the fact that we have not been able to achieve normality in the development of workshops and activities in the field, we managed to carry out a work session to adapt a community garden in the Paseito III neighborhood. We brought native seeds, soil and compost and during the day, we managed to make adjustments after it remained on hiatus during the months of strict confinement. It was a pleasant space in which the community was able to reconnect, work towards a common goal and strengthen the bond deteriorated by isolation.

In other visits made in the field, we were able to contact a group of weaver women interested in strengthening work in the garden of the Puente Colorado neighborhood, and with them we analyzed the possibility of generating an alliance that allows us to link new people, have a greater presence in the field and get better results in production.

For the next few months, we plan to relocate a greenhouse in the Miraflores neighborhood and expand its planting space. In the Paseito III neighborhood we will install a greenhouse for the germination and production of seedlings. In the case of the Puente Colorado neighborhood, the perspective is to work with the group of weaver women in the development of workshops and community work days.

Thank you for all your support! Your donations directly help vulnerable communities in achieving environmental and social peace! Continue to support us to keep strengthening environmental awareness and resilience among youngest and elders.

People working on the garden
People working on the garden
Comunity Potlock
Comunity Potlock
Creation of seedbeds
Creation of seedbeds
Jan 25, 2021

Help long term vulnerable communities of Bogota

Food donation in USME locality the 23/10/2020
Food donation in USME locality the 23/10/2020

In the beginning of January, the number of new COVID infections increased which led policy-makers to implement new measures in the city as it has been placed on the red alert with reduced mobility. These measures have real impacts on the food security of the most vulnerable ones, many of them have had almost a year without any formal or steady incomes. During the last six months, Proyectar Sin Fronteras continued its food baskets donations in the south of Bogotá.

 

In order to respond to the increasing needs, we carried out 8 distributions that provide food for 2 weeks for 371 families. The baskets we donate are composed by dry goods as lentils, beans and rice, oil, sugar, pasta, eggs and fresh fruits and vegetables for a total of 17 kg of food. In addition to that, we included hygiene products as toilet paper, soap and toothpaste to the basket to allow these communities to have a more decent lifestyle.

By virtue of our partnerships with others local foundations, we had been able to collect clothes, kids toys and even menstrual cups donations during this campaign. We like to give special thanks to Buena Vibra Collective and Lamismagentefilm for their support in these activities.

Thanks to our GlobalGiving generous community and in particular to a generous donation we received, we are able to continue and increase the donations in the beginning of the 2021 year. In this upcoming campaign we will help communities that are located in the centre of Bogotá and in Ciudad Bolivar locality. We aim to donate over 300 baskets in the upcoming 6 months.

Today we would like to introduce to you one of the beneficiaries in Miraflores (locality of San Cristobal): Cesar, 68 years old. His story particularly impacted us as his only income source was the sale of candies and snack bars, activity he couldn’t continue to carry out because of the confinement measures and the lack of customers in the streets. As many people in Bogotá, Cesar lives alone and is struggling to make it to the end of the month.

Thank you for all your support! Your donations directly help vulnerable communities in mitigating the economic impacts of the pandemic! Continue to support us to keep strengthening solidarity towards the needy ones.

Food donation in El Codito the 19/06/2020
Food donation in El Codito the 19/06/2020
Cesar
Cesar

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Oct 22, 2020

Building Social Fabric Through Urban Agriculture

Showing the booklet about urban agriculture
Showing the booklet about urban agriculture

 

Dear Friend,


Good news: the containment due to the COVID-19 crisis is finally lifted in Bogota! This means that soon, the activities of Proyectar Sin Fronteras with the communities of San Cristobal Sur will be reestablished.

During the last four months, however, our activities have been restricted. As we explained in our previous report, the health situation has delayed our usual visits to the communities of Paseito III, Miraflores and Puente Colorado. Therefore, we continued to communicate with them using audio-visual material and were pleased to notice the autonomy with which some people in the community are taking ownership of the space for sharing that has been created over the years.

This time out of the field has allowed us to reorganize our projects and to realize a territorial diagnostic method that we will be able to apply as soon as we will return to work in contact with the communities in order to take stock of the current state of the project and update our data.


In June we had the opportunity to carry out a food distribution in Miraflores to the most vulnerable families. A total of 80 baskets were distributed, as well as clothing.

The space was also used to distribute a booklet created by the group La Misma Gente, our ally in the collection and distribution of solidarity baskets. The manual, which combines home remedies to increase one's natural defenses, tutorials to make masks or reusable sanitary napkins, and urban agriculture tips, was delivered with a kit of food plant seeds to be sown at home.

This day was also an opportunity to introduce a group of about fifteen women to the use of the menstrual cup through a discussion on its economic and ecological benefits. Interested women were then able to place an order and each received a menstrual cup.


Thank you for all your support! Your donations directly help vulnerable communities in achieving environmental and social peace! Continue to support us to keep strengthening environmental awareness and resilience among youngest and elders.

Talking about the menstrual cup with the community
Talking about the menstrual cup with the community
Distribution of alimentary baskets
Distribution of alimentary baskets
Members of the community of Paseito III
Members of the community of Paseito III
Community making a new culture bed in Paseito III
Community making a new culture bed in Paseito III
The community of Miraflores working together
The community of Miraflores working together
 
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