Tiempo de Juego, in partnership with the non-profit organization Colombianitos, has been selected by the FIFA to participate in the Football for Hope Festival that will take 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 festival’s main goal is to create a scenario of cultural and social exchange where different non-profit organizations will be able to share their experiences and present the positive social impact their own work has had in various communities.
For a whole week, the young community leaders, selected by each organization, will be the core of the program, participating in cultural and sports activities where they will have the opportunity to meet each other and work as a group. During the last days of the festival, a soccer tournament, based on values such as respect, team work and solidarity, will be played between the different organizations’ team.
It is thanks to you that Tiempo de Juego has had the opportunity to participate and therefore make some of the children’s’ dream come true. With your support, each of our sporting team has improved its quality and has upscale its coverage, now benefiting, as a whole, around 2500 children and youth from two vulnerable communities in Colombia. Nowadays, all our children and youth receive an important technical and psycho-social training, which uses sports to form them as principal transforming social agents.
During Tiempo de Juego´s end of the year celebration event our Music and Theater groups had the opportunity to showcase their work through a workshop with where parents got to experience some of the activities that make up our theatre training as well as take part in our musical presentation that had an audience of around 400 members of the community of Altos de Cazuca.
Now, with the start of a new year our energy is focused on strengthening our process and empowering young men and women that aspire to becoming music and theatre teachers as well as those that dream of becoming cultural entrepreneurs. Thus, our participants will take part in a training process that will give them the tools they will need so that they may be the leaders, teachers and organizers of Tiempo de Juegos theater and music activities in the near future.
One of our projects is “Compartir Jugando” which is based on two types of alliance. The first one is "Tiempo de Juego go to teh school" that consists of giving tools to 36 teachers who belongs to six different schools, for them to use the methodology of Tiempo de Juego in their classrooms. The main reason of this is to improve productive relations among children in the classroom, promote positive leaderships and invite them to participate into the different activities after class.
The second one is called "Service Units", which are activities designed to teach our children and teenagers how to use in a good way their free time in activities such as soccer, basketball, running, dance, drama lessons, handcrafts, journalism activities etc. This one is a complement of the first one.
To sum up, this project has helped more than 1000 children per month. It is important to say that this have been possible by teachers and the members of the foundation. We are working on making this project bigger and sustainable.
¡Thanks again for your help!
The Fundación Tiempo de Juego is currently working and gaining a more profound understanding of gender and women’s human rights issues that affect girls and young women in Cazuca, Colombia.
Presently the organization sees the following as pressing and critical objectives:
a. Empowering girls and young women to address the dynamics of violence in their community through a psychosocial support based on the implementation of protective factors identified and relevant to the context.
b. Develop strategies for girls and young women to become active agents of promoting peace and nonviolence cultures in their community.
c. Link and generate participation of girls and young women in groups, collectives and networks that advocate for the fulfillment of women's human rights in armed conflict scenarios.
d. Empowering girls and young women as active agents of reflection and transformation of their community in terms of gender barriers.
To fulfill this commitment Tiempo de Juego has been working to institutionalize a gender approach, both internally and in working with beneficiaries to ensure that both women and men have equal opportunities to develop their skills and the ability to participate in the decision-making processes that affect their lives.
With said objective in mind Tiempo de Juego has joined efforts with Women Win- an organization that equips adolescent girls to exercise their right s through sports -
Formalizing a new gender issue service units, Women Win, managed by tiempo de Juego that began its workshops for 60 girls and young women last September, addressing the issues proposed in the Goal workbook. The programs have been well received among teenagers in the district 4 of Soacha (Altos de Cazucá), who since last September 14 attend workshops pertaining to various topics that emerge from their daily lives and that are specific to women of their age.
Some of the attendees were long time participants of the sports activities offered by the Fundación Tiempo de Juego, especially soccer school, but in March of this year, after the visit of the representative of the Women Win organization we have ratified the importance of linking all of our workshops to physical activity, so as to have sport compliment the methodological sessions. In the near future girls and young women will be taking part in Zumba classes. Participants are receptive and committed to continuing this process, as they find that this activity is a healthy way to channel their energy and strengthen their bodies and emotions.
The Foundation is also participating in workshops that aim to reflect on Women’s Human Rights and Gender issues. Members of the staff have actively participated in four academic and experience based workshops that have challenged us both at a personal level as well as in terms of our work by promoting a better understanding of how we undertake the responsibility and aim to better women lives.
The Fundación Tiempo de Juego will now undertake the challenge of participating in an investigative participative action assessment of its activities.
The Segundo Tiempo –Acompaña la Jugada project, aims to offer children and young adults from Cazucá a variety of activities where they can enjoy themselves, having both fun and healthy enriching experiences.
Through these activities we undertake processes that aim to strengthen participants and to help them deal with the risks they face in their surrounding environment and also work along side them so that they see themselves as agents of change within their families, schools and communities.
Thus we have undertaken this new path to reach children and young adults through play and knowledge of music and theatre, hopping that the kids not only learn thought these activities but also dream up a future where their passions may be part of their Jobs and livelihood.
The Fundación Tiempo de Juego’s Segundo Tiempo, Acompaña la Jugada project is funded by Children of the Andes, (COTA) who has been working since 1991 to support vulnerable children in Colombia, who face the daily challenges of poverty and violence. Thanks to the organizations work, tens of thousands of children have gained the education, healthcare and specialist support they need to build happier, more fulfilling lives. The estate agency Agencia Presidencial Para la Cooperación Internacional- APC has also supported and funded this new endeavor.
Presently the Tiempo de Juego Staff is promoting its theatre and music workshops in local schools and have had a warm and excited response from girls, boys and young adults.
Workshops for 110 children and Young men and women who live in Cazuca begin august 1.
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