Sport
 Colombia
Project #9447

Soccer and school for 1500 Colombian kids at risk

by Fundacion Tiempo de Juego
Tiempo de Juego
Tiempo de Juego's sports uniform

On december 20th 2014, Tiempo de Juego celebrated Christmas with all the children and youths that are part of the organization. During this day, and thanks to sponsors such as Ernst and Young, the Bank of Tokyo and GlobalGiving donors, Tiempo de Juego produced and handed in more than 700 sports uniforms to the participants. These uniforms do not only promote children’s constant attendance to the different sports trainings, but they also reinforce children’s sense of belonging to the organization.  The whole community was invited to celebrate with our team members the fact that the organization is getting stronger with every year that goes through. Thanks to the community’s and GlobalGiving donors, in 2014 Tiempo de Juego received several awards and achieved different goals such as:

 

  • TDJ was recognized as the National Sport Organization of the Year by the journal El Espectador
  • Tiempo de Juego received awards from the Ashoka Foundation and the Fundación Ángel Escobar
  • Tiempo de Juego was selected by the FIFA to participate in the Football for Hope Festival which took place in Rio de Janeiro in July 2014th. Organizations of 100 countries around the world applied to this program and, according to their social merits and community working experience, only 32 were chosen to make part of this event.
  • The children and youth that participated in the “Cazucá Dreams On” project organized the I Festival Cazucá Dreams. Around 350 people from different backgrounds attended this cultural event.
  • In April 2014, Tiempo de Juego inaugurated its own recording and production center, “Labzucá”, where youth from the community are now being formed in journalism, audiovisual production and music.
  • Three of Tiempo de Juego’s cultural leaders in the area of music have created their own band (called 12 Pasos Flow) and they are being hired by other entities that value them for their leadership and technical abilities.
  • Fonseca, a well-known national and regional singer, visited Tiempo de Juego and recorded a song with 12 Pasos Flow, bringing positive visibility to Cazucá and changing the imaginaries of what it means to be a resident of this community. To watch the video song please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=075lfxJOdUM.

 

Two of Alianza
Two of Alianza's kids!

Paige is GlobalGiving's Champion for Customer Bliss in our office in Washington, DC. During a trip to Colombia, she had the chance to visit some of GlobalGiving's projects. Here is her postcard from the field.

Visiting Cartagena, it’s easy to never see outside the walled, beautiful old city.  But this is a small part of a larger story in this ancient, sprawling city. Olaya is a slum about 30 minutes from the old city and home to some of Cartagena’s most dangerous “bandas” or gangs. One minute we’re driving through high rises and high-end hotels, the next we’ve swerved south and east along the lagoon and down a couple dirt roads to Tiempo de Juegos’ offices just outside the main road.

Tiempo de Juego in Cartagena is slightly different set-up than their program in Cazuca, Bogotá. To make an even more impressive difference in the community they have partnered with Colombianitos to create Alianza - a collaborative effort to help teach the children of Olaya the importance of mutual respect, education, and thinking towards the future.

We arrived at the offices after practices had already finished for the day, but a couple of the kids were still hanging out around the office in their jerseys, kicking around a soccer ball. Leon, the Cartagena program leader, and I chatted about where the program is going. Alianza runs a variety of programs including table tennis, education programs, and after school tutoring. Education is all important to the programs – in order to participate, kids have to have a certificate from their school saying they attend – and Leon’s pride in this showed when some of the kids who are now attending vocational schools showed up. He introduced them proudly saying “this is why we do our work.”

After our chat, we wander through the neighborhood to visit the dusty but brightly painted field where the practices happen for the students in the mornings and late afternoons. Alianza’s name had been painted on the wall, and a small tree gives some much needed shade from the intense afternoon heat. After watching the kids kick around the ball a bit, we wander back to the office. I turned to one of the kids and asked,” Are you in school?”

“Yes”

“Do you like school? What is your favorite class?”

“Yes I do! Math is my favorite class.”

All in all, Alianza and Tiempo de Juego is doing interesting and impactful work in Olaya, and giving kids a safe and fun place to learn and grow. 

Tiempo de Juego
Tiempo de Juego's football field
Meeting in the Alianza office
Meeting in the Alianza office

The young athletes of Tiempo de Juego achieved an outstanding participation in the Athletics Festival organized by the Institute for Sports and Recreations of Soacha.  The event took place on Tuesday 16th in Soacha, a municipality at the outskirts of Bogotá. Three of the children that participate weekly in Tiempo de Juego’s athletic trainings arrived in first, second and fourth place. 

William Jiménez, Regional Coordinator of Tiempo de Juego says: “With these kids, expectations are quite high. Even though most of them have just started their process with us, they have already obtained very positive results". The success of our work is not only thanks to the training per se but, especially, due to the psychological methodology that Tiempo de Juego uses in every sporting activity. This methodology has given visibility to our young athletes. Now they are not only known for their sporting skills but, also, for their strong human values. 

The outstanding results of these athletes are the consequence of Tiempo de Juego’s support, helping children run for their dreams. However, Tiempo de Juego would not have been able to continue working in vulnerable communities if it weren’t for your unconditional help, supporting us –and the children- in this surprising and enriching process.  

 

On Saturday September 6th, Tiempo de Juego carried out the 1st 5k-zucá race named "Running Barriers". The 5k-zucá was an athletic race which took place in the community of Altos de Cazucá, intending to be a scenario for creating collective memories and strengthening social fabric in a city which limits the socio- economic and cultural exchange between inhabitants that belong to different urban contexts.

The event was sponsored by different partners such as the non-governmental organization Women Win, the Municipal Institute for Recreation and Sports of Soacha  (IMRDS), Porvenir, Bavaria, Postobón, Vased Foundation, and Fantastica advertising agency. Thanks to their support and our Global Giving donors’ unconditional help, we were able to organize and execute a massive event in which around 450 people from Bogotá and Altos de Cazucá ran against imaginary social barriers that tend to prevent people from recognizing themselves  as citizens of a same single society.

Kelly Prieto, athletics Professor in Tiempo de Juego, says that the race was a success: "We took a very positive balance, we fulfilled all of our expectations; both children and adults were very happy. In fact, we did something that the Soacha’s IMRD was unable to do in the past: organize a massive sporting event in Altos de Cazucá, a vulnerable community where the high levels of crime and violence prevent people from other parts of the city from coming in.

Once again, Tiempo de Juego confirmed that sport is the best tool for promoting social transformation.

Hope to see you running barriers next year in the 2nd 5k-zucá Race! 

Theatre performance with children from Cazuca
Theatre performance with children from Cazuca

In the last two months, Tiempo de Juego organized two events that strived to change the negative imaginaries associated to the life and the community of Cazucá. The first of these events, a cultural festival called Cazucá Sueña (Cazucá Dreams), was planned and executed by the children and youth who participate weekly in the music and theatre classes offered by Tiempo de Juego.  The second event, the TEDxCazucá, was organized by team members from Tiempo de Juego, as well as by some of Cazuca’s emblematic leaders.

 Both events drew inspiration from sociological studies that document the positive impact that art, creativity, and culture can have on vulnerable communities. These interventions allowed participants and the larger community to develop an identity of empowerment and self-awareness, while also serving as a channel of expression. In fact, both initiatives sought to encourage children and youth to dream of being young artists and cultural leaders, deserving of a dignifying life project. Thanks to your credibility and trust in our work, we have been able to organize creative activities and events where the community of Cazucá has seen that, despite living in a complicated reality, it is possible to reach your goals and demonstrate to the world that Cazucá dreams on.

Festival Cazuca Dreams
Festival Cazuca Dreams
TEDxCazuca
TEDxCazuca

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Fundacion Tiempo de Juego

Location: Bogota, D.C. - Colombia
Website: http:/​/​www.tiempodejuego.org
Project Leader:
Esteban Reyes
Bogota, Colombia
$23,967 raised of $30,000 goal
 
336 donations
$6,033 to go
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