Siblings Tisoy Jacanamijoy, Yesica Alendra, Maribel and Mariano, are of indigenous Inga descent. 15 years ago their parents suffered under the whip of displacement and were ejected from their rural district Putumayo. They were fated to travel across the region, in search of a place that could offer safety and security for their children. Their travels are evident in the different birthplaces of their children; the oldest daughter Jessica was born in Ibagué, Maribel was born in Magdalena, and Mariano was born in Sincelejo. It has been 5 years since they arrived at Bucaramanga, and settled in the center of the city in a commercial district where they could pay their board daily.
Their parents are immersed in an informal economy, traveling vendors of creams, ointments, bracelets and other herbal medicines, none of which provide sufficient economic resources for taking care of their children. Furthermore, issues of alcohol consumption make this a situation which compromises the rights of their children and puts them at risk to sell drugs or other things. Knowledge of this situation came about through an interdisciplinary team and through resources provided by Global Giving. The Foundation provided support for the family, and was able to connect with the children. The two sisters are now in sixth grade, and the young boy is in first grade. They are participating in formative workshops, receiving psychological attention, therapy, aid from social workers, and other complementary services. They also receive lunch daily which allows for improved nutrition. With the support of the interdisciplinary team of professionals, the parents have taken on their role of responsibility for their children, have lowered their alcohol consumption, and have maintained good family dynamics.
Estructurar Foundation continues to help 160 boys and girls in vulnerable situations who do not have guaranteed access to education nor proper attention. They receive “Integral Education” from their childhood up until they have completed their technical education in design or the graphic arts. They also receive the title of Technician of design, signed by SENA (National Service for Learning) which gives them the best opportunities in their work the moment they have graduated from Estructurar Foundation.
The children receiving attention have achieved good results in their academic pursuits, have used their free time well in their participation in complimentary activities, and have also improved social interactions with their classmates in groups and in pairs. Their families have been fortified through models of growth which has helped them to improve their relations and effective bonds as well.
We thank you for the support that you have provided, through which these children are able to dream of a better future. If you would like to receive more information about this project visit: www.fundacionestructurar.org.co