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UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia

by Fundacion por la Educacion Multidimensional-FEM
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
UPYA: resilient housing innovation in Colombia
House facade using natural materials
House facade using natural materials

Just two weeks ago we announced that UPYA's fully funded. Thus, we will deactivate UPYA Fundraising and shift to new adventures, which makes us really happy, as we'll be able to support many more people with our work. 

Even though, we would like you to keep on helping us, as you have been doing during this year. We have a great project starting and would love to have you on board, sharing with your friends, spreading the word, supporting our efforts and keeping your donations on.

So if you're thinking about giving some more help to a greate cause, we already have one for you: "Hope and Development to Ex-combatants in Colombia", a beautiful project about peace, tourism, solidarity, reconciliation.... If you have a recurring donation, please just accept to keep it so it goes to peace building in Colombia. Don't hesitate to visit this link and learn more from this iniciative. 

We keep on working to fully finish the house for Pacho and his family in the upcoming weeks. Remember to follow us on facebook to be up to date about UPYA and many other projects. 

The whole  FEM team thanks you again and is looking forward to share our futur projects with you. 

View from bedrooms
View from bedrooms

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UPYA
UPYA's fully funded

All we can say today is THANK YOU!

We have finally reached our goal for funding our resilient housing innovation, UPYA. 

Pacho, his family, the FEM team and all the people that have been working everyday during the last 6 years, hoping that UPYA could become a reality are very touched and happy to finally share with you this news.  

We keep on working on site to be able to finish the works before the end of the year. 

Please keep on spreading the word of UPYA project as we look forward to keep on working for better housing to many more families in Cartagena!

Starting to install the walls
Starting to install the walls
Future kitchen and bathroom
Future kitchen and bathroom
Mercedes already enjoying her new house
Mercedes already enjoying her new house

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First stage, soil studies
First stage, soil studies

October arrived, and we have great news for all our supporters: We have started the UPYA project construction!

It's been already two weeks since we started our site work, and  it has been intense and enriching.  We have been preparing the site, demolishing the previous house, supporting Pacho and his family to move and..... started foundation. Pacho's family, friends and neighbors are helping actively this stage and FEM is supporting with all technical needs through the engagement of our volunteering network. 

As you can see in the following images, we have received great support from students and professionals, not only in the preparing stages (soil studies, architectural and engineering stages), but also, we have received labor support from architectural students !

UPYA is becoming real, so help us spread the word so we can reach our $10,000 goal very soon!

Former House Demolition
Former House Demolition
Pacho and neighbors on site
Pacho and neighbors on site
Foundation works started
Foundation works started
Volunteers engaged with building UPYA
Volunteers engaged with building UPYA

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#funwithapurpose Trivial Pursuit Cafe Invitation
#funwithapurpose Trivial Pursuit Cafe Invitation

The UPYA team is very excited to announce that during the last months we have gotten closer to our 10.000 USD goal. We are now just 3.200 USD away from it. 

In early July, we had our Trivial Pursuit Café. A benefic activitiy in Cartagena's dowtown to have #funwithapurpose, for funding #UPYA. Also, we are now "Superstar GlobalGiving Members", which means that we have the possibility of participating in different special activities, such as the 12th July Matching Day organized by GlobalGiving, in which we received 50% more on every donation, as a reward for our hard work. 

We have been able to get here thanks not only to our efforts but mostly to your support.

We will hopefully start building UPYA during the next months!

In the meantime, we invite you to KEEP SPREADING THE WORD OF #UPYA WITHIN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

Warm Regards, 

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Poster inviting to the fundraising event
Poster inviting to the fundraising event

The FEM team reunited and organised a fundraising event to help the UPYA project. Pacho, Mercedes and their family were the guests of honor of a lovely evening full of music, passionate volunteers, caring people and a very warm public. 

In the very heart of Cartagena's historic district and with the support of the Alliance française of Cartagena, who offered a beautiful colonil backyard as the scenario for the evening, we manage to raise almost 700 USD for the UPYA project.  

We must thank all the artists who were part of this: Laura y Omar, Cheekie Pie, Camilo y Raf, Roy Raus, Periferia, Jesús, Orquesta de Cámara Tito Sangiorgi.... your energy and music were essential, and your solidarity and enthusiasm rubed off on the public. 

After this great event, we are sure of something, this might be our first fundraising event, but won't be the last! 
We will certainly keep you posted on updates and let you know how UPYA is getting bigger thanks to all of you.

Thanks for your solidarity, 

The chamber orchestra of Cartagena
The chamber orchestra of Cartagena
The dancers...& Pacho
The dancers...& Pacho's family in the background
Pacho actively motivating the public to help
Pacho actively motivating the public to help

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Fundacion por la Educacion Multidimensional-FEM

Location: Cartagena, Bolivar - Colombia
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Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @femcolombia
Project Leader:
Ana María González
Executive Director
Bogota, Colombia

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