Project #9447

Soccer and school for 1500 Colombian kids at risk

by Fundacion Tiempo de Juego
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?”


“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


Recording with Fonseca
Recording with Fonseca

In our last report, we told you about the creation of our new audiovisual and recording center “Labzucá”. Labzucá is a creative center for audiovisual production that is equipped with some of the latest digital recording and audiovisual technologies. This is a space where sharing, imagination and creativity are used as tools to promote positive social change and sense of belonging. Labzucá’s main goal is to provide economic opportunities for residents and give Tiempo de Juego more visibility, triggering possible new future partnerships.

In june, our dream came true. A Latin-American well known singer, Fonseca, came to visit our studio Labzucá and he even recorded a song with some of the community cultural leaders that have made up their own musical band: 12 Pasos Flow. Fonseca and 12 Pasos Flow sang a song –composed by the youth from Cazucá – supporting Colombia’s soccer team participation in the World Cup as well as encouraging people to play and use soccer for triggering peace and positive social transformation.

 Thanks to your support, this dream has come true. You can now watch a video song that has attracted national media, hence giving visibility to Tiempo de Juego’s activities and changing imaginaries of what it means to live in Cazucá:



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Fundacion Tiempo de Juego

Location: Bogota, D.C. - Colombia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Esteban Reyes
Bogota, Colombia
$23,868 raised of $30,000 goal
332 donations
$6,132 to go
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