Project #9447

Soccer and school for 1500 Colombian kids at risk

by Fundacion Tiempo de Juego
Through Tiempo de Juego, children have a future!
Through Tiempo de Juego, children have a future!


The main objective of playing football in a shantytown is not scoring a goal, but preventing the ball from ending in no-man-land where everyone fears fetching it.

José was five and like every afternoon, he was playing football with friends. An old man walked by the pitch and before reaching the corner they all knew what was going to happen –as if it wasn’t the first time it occurred. The old man is intercepted by a stranger and killed. Another life he witnessed gone. By the age of twelve, José already knew how to steal cars, was doing drugs – the same ones that had left blind or overdosed many of his friends- and was at the bullseye of a gang. Fearing for his life, he arrived to Cazuca and was walking in idleness and drugs when someone told him about Tiempo de Juego. He attended his first training with broken shoes, old pants and a t-shirt few sizes smaller than his.

Today at age 24, and after 10 years of growing with TDJ, José has been teaching 90 kids daily that football is by far a better option than crime, that values are the most important thing to treasure in life, and that their dreams can in fact come true. Today, he is in Spain living his dream and finishing his studies on Sports and Recreation. 

These and many stories are the ones that inspire Tiempo de Juego to continue its efforts to provide better futures for more than 1230 kids and adolescentes in Colombia. And its the same story that has inspired the judges from Beyond Sport to select us as one of the 5 finalists for the "Sport for Social Inclusion Award". Being a shortlister for the Beyond Sport Awards will help our community efforts grow, thrive, and increase its already amazing ability to create positive impact in the communities we work in Colombia.

Being shortlisted, or even being able to attend so many kids, wouldn't be possible to the continuous effort of organizations and individual donors who believe in the cause. Thank you for making the dreams of many children in Colombia come true. Wether we win the prize or not, we wake up each day knowing that what we do is beneffiting those who need it the most and that sports and culture can indeed change the future. 

Read more about the award here:

Gol&Paz match
Gol&Paz match

Together with the Mayor of the city, a national wide-known singer Carlos Vives, the Director of the National unit for victims Paula Gaviria and twenty others including members of the government, international peacemakers, professional football players, directors of NGOs, spiritual leaders and celebrities, the kids from Tiempo de Juego and the "National Network for Football and Peace" played a football for peace match at Plaza de Bolivar in Bogotá.

Palying by the mantra "Cambiemos el Juego" ("Let's Change the Game"), Colombia celebrated the 'Semana Gol&Paz' (Goal&Peace Week), from the 18th to the 22nd of April, aimed at recognizing and promoting the transformative power of football to build peace and reconcilie communities. 

Led by Tiempo de Juego, Colombianitos and streefootball world, more than 700 people helped to showcase the methodologies of the "National Network for Football and Peace" and its impact made, using soccer a tool for the transformation of young people in Colombia.

Media coverage helped us reach thousands of people who are now aware of the power of football.  

Four main events! 
[Tiempo de Juego's 10th annversary] The foundation hosted a beautiful gala to celeberate a decade of youth empowerement and transformation. 

[Gol&Paz Forum] We organized a forum to discuss the role of soccer in building peace and reconciliation in Colombia. With international renowned personalities such as: Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, Kenyan lawyer, peace ambassador, winner of the Stuttgart Peace Prize and Nobel Peace Prize candidate; Jürgen Griesbeck, streetfootballworld founder and winner of Laureus World Sport Award and Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Europe. 

[Gol&Paz match] A match to remember! full of fanatics, we made a public statement on the importance of football in peace programmes, at the heart of the city.   

[Football for Peace matches in around Colombia] Twenty cities accross the country witnessed the powerful transformation that people and communities can experience through sports. 

Most importantly, we want to thank you for making these initiatives possible. With your help throughout the year, we can ensure 1500 kids can train on their favorite sport, learn through games and help their families and communities. Tiempo de Juego's participation in the "National Network for Football and Peace" is possible thanks to your support.  

Gol&Paz football team
Gol&Paz football team
Tiempo de Juego
Tiempo de Juego's family celebrating!
10th Anniversary celebration!
10th Anniversary celebration!


Welcome to the celebration!
Welcome to the celebration!

On March the 8th the world celebrates International Women's Day - a day to remember those who died fighting for our rights, a day to celebrate our achievements and a day to make visibile the long path we still have to achieve equal rights.

For the past three years, Tiempo de Juego has been leading a project were we discuss, debate and learn about eqaulity, respect and empowerment. Although it focuses mostly on women's rights, we address all issues concerning sexuality and rights for all sexual orientations as we believe we can only achieve equaity if we start promoting our spaces as such. To celebrate IWD the team coordinating this space hel the event "Mujeres con Voces y Cuerpos Propios" ("Women with Bodies and Voices of their Own") where pieces of art created by the participants of the foundation were ehibited at the public park of Cazucá. 

The celebration involved big time planning and it was only made possible by the cohesive effort of all children, youth, teachers and parents working together towards a commong goal: celebrating women. People from the community and all of those participanting at the free time activities of Tiempo de Juego were able to enjoy a day filled with art, smiles and vivid examples of what Colombia needs to achieve peace. 

During the whole evening, the Cazucápsula - a colorful time machine which will remind our future generations that nothing was, is or will be indispensable other than our essence - made its presence and participants were able to leave messages about power, love, hope and encouragement. All these messages are being saved in our dear Cazucápsula for when the time comes and our future generations will re-live, learn and, laugh with what happened back in our time. Make sure your future generations are part of the moment when the past is uncovered!

"Mujeres Con Voces y Cuerpos Propios" was not only a day to celebrate women, but an opportunity to show the community that their children and youth are becomig active agents of change. Thank YOU for making this possible!

Participants enjoying the event
Participants enjoying the event
Children recording for the Cazucapsula!
Children recording for the Cazucapsula!
Parents presenting their art
Parents presenting their art
The Cazucapsulsa!
The Cazucapsulsa!
Young leader of Tiempo de Juego
Young leader of Tiempo de Juego


Amr Al-Dabbagh presents the award to Esteban Reyes
Amr Al-Dabbagh presents the award to Esteban Reyes

On December 12 while Cazucá was reaching hundreds of dreams in the second Cazucá Dream Festival; Esteban Reyes, Director General of Tiempo de Juego, was in Versailles, France, receiving the Strars Impact Award 2015, that “recognize and reward outstanding local organisations improving the lives of children in the countries with the highest rates of under-five mortality”.

The prizes cermony took place in the Palais des Congres of Versailles, during the Phlantropreneurship forum "New Frontiers of Philanthropy"

Stars Foundation was founded by Al-Dabbagh Group in 2001 and registered in England and Wales as an independent charity, the Stars Foundation is a philanthropic organization that invests in organizations and ideas to help transform the lives of children disadvantaged and their communities worldwide. Impact Awards are given in three geographic regions: Africa-Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Latin America-Caribbean.

According to President Bill Clinton: "Each and every day, these winners prove the power and potential of local responses to global challenges.  I am inspired by their work and look forward to seeing the enormous impact they will surely achieve in the future.

it's Time to Play at Cazuca


On Sunday November 21st, hundreds of children, youth and adults from Altos de Cazucá and Bogotá ran again our II version of the 5Kzucá, Tiempo de Juego´s Athletic race. Thanks to this race, the runners from Bogotá were able to get to know Cazuca´s hill, giving big steps through its principal alleys. This race is a yearly opportunity for people from the capital to get to live and understand that Cazucá does not only mean violence, poverty and resentment (as the media tends to show). Cazucá is also a place of dreams and hopes. It is home to thousands of children and youth that struggle daily to survive.

It is thanks to the support of Adidas, the local Sports and Recreation Institute and, especially, to you, Global Givers, that we have been able to continue running the 5kzucá for our second year, that is, that we continue running for breaking social, economic and cultural barriers.


See you next year!


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Fundacion Tiempo de Juego

Location: Bogota, D.C. - Colombia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Esteban Reyes
Bogota, Colombia
$22,850 raised of $30,000 goal
311 donations
$7,150 to go
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