Corporacion Juntos Construyendo Futuro

The mission of Juntos Construyendo Futuro (Building Future Together) is to promote the communities social development, through the design, management, implementation and evaluation of social programs and projects, especially with children and young people. With these actions, the organization promotes: Leaders with a strong feeling of equity and respect for the others; Communities engaged with their own development, and Contributions to the peace building.
Oct 21, 2014

Diana: Kicking and dreaming!

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We're so proud!

Our organization is committed to eradicate child labor by creating healthy alternatives for children and youth to spend their time after school and educate their families about the important of education and the dangers of children working.

Your generous donations allow us to offer children and teens a variety of sports, academic and artistic activities, that enables them to develop their talents and achieve their full potential. The 19 different programs we offer with your help, allow children and teens to build their self-esteem, confidence and goals for the future, keeping them away from working in often dangerous conditions, but more importantly it shows their families the importance of education and a healthy use of free time.

The children and youth that participate in these programs are little heroes that have often survived terrible conditions and have difficult conditions at home. So it warms our hearts to tell stories like Diana’s.

Diana is a teenager is part of our sports program in Bogota; she is an avid taekwondo students and thanks to her commitment and hard work, she earned a spot to compete in a worldwide Taekwondo event called, "Open of the Americas" and later became the all-around “under 55 kilos” champion! Diana beat over 20 contenders from Latin American countries and the United States.

Diana is very proud of herself and expresses that she would not had made it without the support of her family, team and trainer, Gustavo. In her own words “Having the opportunity to study Taekwondo change my life and the way I look at the world”

Her win and the excitement of the competition have motivated children and youth in the program to continue practicing sports. She is living proof that a great use of free time to develop talents and passions can change lives and improve the physical and psychological growth of vulnerable children.

Thanks to your generous donations, we can continue supporting children like Diana, providing them with tools that allow them to build their future.

Diana and trainer! Hard work comes with rewards!
Diana and trainer! Hard work comes with rewards!
She takes it very seriously! Wow!
She takes it very seriously! Wow!

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Jul 21, 2014

Commemoration of World Day Against Child Labor

In Medellin, kids were starstruck by Pinoccio!
In Medellin, kids were starstruck by Pinoccio!

Our organizations has been creating child labor eradication efforts for almost 10 years, we have programs around 19 municipalities in Colombia were we create academic and extracurricular activities for children to make healthy and productive use of their free time attending activities that range from capoeira, soccer to painting and break dancing. We also have the mission to educate their families and the community about the importance of eradicating child labor.

This past 12th of June, we commemoratedWorld Day Against Child Labor. This is a key day for our organizations because it represents the opportunity to approach communities and create awareness about the importance of education and keeping children and youth away from child labor. Our organization strives every day to give children the opportunity to have a life of learning, healthy development and happiness and informing the community about this problem is a fundamental step in eradicating the attitudes that foment the hiring of children.

With your generosity and the help of our allies, this month we worked hard to create awareness about the places and events where children are employed. We enlisted the help of local governments and civil society to create compromises to stop the abuses.

One of our biggest celebration and triumphs over child labor, happened in Monteria, a small town located on the Pacific coast of Colombia, where children and adolescents are usually forced to work during the local livestock fair- the biggest economic and commercial event of the region-.

However, this years and thanks to your generous help, children were instead celebrated in a grand “Children’s parade” where the dance group from the child labor eradication extracurricular program, Proniño- formed by children from three allied schools-, performed a traditional dance, showing off their moves to the beat of typical Colombian music, wearing big and colorful dresses!

It was a wonderful experience, the children enlivened the evening with their dances and energy in the streets of Monteria and left a meaningful message to their communities, about the importance of eradicating child labor, and making sure that everyone remembered their smiley faces and how it was important to protect their opportunities and dreams.

In 19 municipalities across Colombia from the coastal region to the mountain, School kits supplies, marches, mime shows, soccer games, and even dance competitions were held to create awareness in families, business oweners and the community at large.

Thanks to your donations, Juntos Construyendo Futuro was able to plan and  take to fruition activities across Colombia, where children had fun, learned about their rights, showed of their talents and the importance of protecting their dreams! We can’t wait to have more activities like these soon! For us the most important thing is to see how smile doing what they love and you can be part of this incredible project sharing and donating! 

People were surprised by the kid
People were surprised by the kid's dance moves.
Smiley, happy kids with their new school kits!
Smiley, happy kids with their new school kits!
Such beautiful traditional dresses!
Such beautiful traditional dresses!

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Apr 23, 2014

A child-labor-free marketplace: An achievable dream

A child in a typical job at the market place
A child in a typical job at the market place

Our organization reaches many regions in Colombia. In one of the most densely populated cities in the country, Medellin, we have found some of the worst cases of child labor in major marketplaces, where produce, meat and grains are sold in bulk at retail prices. Children as young as 7 years old are often employed to move grain sacks or heavy boxes of vegetables. They’re also found carrying messages and money from one stand to the next and looking out for cars in the often dangerous parking lots.

In these specific and problematic places, such as the Plaza Minorista, our organization has devised strategies to turn them into Child Labor Free Territories (CLFT). This includes extensive efforts to create awareness of the risks and consequences of employing children within the community of merchants, peddlers, marketplace employees and security guards, thus discouraging them from bringing children into their work environment. During this process a series of pictures depicting everyday life at the marketplace and the Child Labor Free Territories awareness process, were taken to create a calendar that would serve as a reminder for the community to uphold their promise to not employ children.

After finishing the first phase of the strategy in March, the CLFT 2014–2015 calendar was given to the marketplace’s community. To receive the calendar, partakers –merchants, peddlers, marketplace employees and security guards-, were part of a “reach-for-the-star” activity, where they answered questions related to their knowledge and perception about child labor in the retail marketplace.

Furthermore, we organized a community breakfast with the managers and some marketplace leaders where we shared the results of the first phase of the child labor eradication program. We also encouraged a dialogue with the attendees so they could share their perspectives about the topic and propositions for the second phase of the intervention.

This event was part of a process to turn the marketplace into a child labor free zone a reward for a community that has manifested their support for our organization’s work and the prospect of a better and safer workplace for all.

The colorful market place the sad reality
The colorful market place the sad reality
Children working a reality we need to change
Children working a reality we need to change
Children should smile while they play not work
Children should smile while they play not work
The marketplace needs to become child-labor-free
The marketplace needs to become child-labor-free
The awareness breakfast meeting!
The awareness breakfast meeting!

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