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 Sport  Colombia Project #9447

Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams

by Fundacion Tiempo de Juego
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams
Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams

We happily gave the warmest welcome to our friend and partner Dr. Harvey Milkman. On this occasion he was invited to the Colombian Ministry of Sports) to share his Natural Highs theory with a full auditory.

His theory acknowledges the model Tiempo de Juego has been promoting for thirteen years, as one capable of reducing the risks of children exposed to drugs and alcohol abuse through sports and arts. Natural Highs theory is based on more than twenty years of studies, and has already been applied in 35 European cities once Iceland adopted it with proven results.

Dr. Milkman also joined us through a fantastic week full of performances of their friends Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.

We thank the support you've given Fundación Tiempo de Juego this year to be able to provide children and youth with an opportunity to have natural highs through sports. We would like to share images of our work, visit us on our Social Media:


Fundación Tiempo de Juego is a nonprofit organization based in Bogotá, Colombia. Its focus is to use sports, arts and technology as mechanisms to empower and improve the quality of life of children and adolescents at risk in different regions of the country. And we are forever grateful for your support and donation. Thirteen years of change have been possible thanks to you!

Tiempo de Juego, an inspirational health promotion project emanating from Cazucá working in the favelas of Colombia, is a breakthrough model for preventing substance misuse, early pregnancy and lack of opportunities among children and adolescents. The project promotes optimism, social life-skills (defined by the World Health Organization), healthy leisure-time activities, and safe passage from some of the most impoverished areas of Colombia. The organization serves a population of approximately 250,000 inhabitants, and directly works with 5.000 in three regions of the country. Successful outcomes have made Tiempo de Juego the prototype for massive social engineering, potentially improving the lives of millions of youth and families throughout Colombia and beyond. 

Colombia is in the midst of a renaissance, a time of peace and the pursuit of democratic ideals, after decades of armed conflict among drug cartels, FARC rebels, local militias, and government forces. Millions of people have been displaced from rural habitations to urban slums around big cities like Bogotá and Santa Marta. The recent influx of an estimated one million Venezuelan immigrants fleeing economic and political collapse of their country, adds insult to injury.

The organization was launched thirteen years ago, by Andres Wiesner, a Colombian journalist who, one day, took the fateful step of kicking a tattered, makeshift soccer ball, with a group of kids on a dusty, rock strewn street, in the midst of a gang infested slum near Bogotá. He realized that he had found a vehicle to connect with youth whom society had thrown by the wayside. Andres remained involved and saw the possibility of not only engaging kids in healthy play through sports, but also using arts and technology as a metaphor for strengthening peace. During the course of the past thirteen years, the slums of Cazucá, and then the other areas of Colombia where they have presence have never been the same. The program serves the most vulnerable kids; they suffer from widespread hopelessness and symptoms of trauma in association with abject poverty and routine violence. Today, green lawn with real goal posts and painted sidelines, art houses and a production studio with high-quality instruments have replaced unsafe alleys - formerly rife with drugs and crime - as soccer and art havens, serving approximately 5000 children and youth every year.

All this occurs in the context of post-conflict Colombia. New rules of how to live and play are ingrained in the philosophy of transformative culture. For example, there is emphasis on gender sensitivity and inclusiveness. Girls and boys play on co-ed teams. Ad hoc groups of “rival” players create their own rules for each sporting encounter, e.g., the first goal for each team must be kicked by a girl; after a goal is scored, the defending team agrees to celebrate the success of their opponent, etc., etc. After the game is played, there is a denouement, where both sides discuss what was positive about the encounter, what aspects should be preserved and what might be kept for the betterment of future endeavors.

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Considering our interest in the Sustainable Development Goals and the development of social projects in our country, the team of Arup’s Bogotá Office is interested in supporting the process of developing journalism skills in children and adolescents from “Altos de Cazucá” (which is the most vulnerable sector in the Soacha municipality next to Bogotá), as a way of promoting better life projects and prevent their exposure to risk factors present in their environment.


Harvey Milkman validates Tiempo de Juego
Harvey Milkman validates Tiempo de Juego's model

On November 20th, Fundación Tiempo de Juego celebrated it's 12th anniversary and had the pleasure to enjoy the presence of Dr. Harvey Milkman, the renowned reseracher that helped Iceland stop teen substance abuse through free time activities.

At our annual fundraising event, we celebrated that in 2018 we were able to work with more than 5.400 children in 20 different cities of Colombia. The work we initially started with 1500 colombian kids at risk has more than triple its impact and has also proven that it can work in new environments such as schools and with teenagers deprived of their liberty.

At Metropolitan State College of Denver, Dr. Milkman was instrumental in developing the idea that people were getting addicted to changes in brain chemistry. "Why not orchestrate a social movement around natural highs: around people getting high on their own brain chemistry? Because it seems obvious to me that people want to change their consciousness - without the deleteriour effects of drugs" (Harvey Milkman, PhD)

Dr. Milkman visited Fundación Tiempo de Juego in Colombia and validated the model that is helping 1500 Colombian kids at risk through football.

We thank the support you've given Fundación Tiempo de Juego this year to be able to provide children and youth with an opportunity to have natural highs through football. We would like to share images of our work. Please enjoy the wonderful work achieved this year here:

Thank you for joining Fundación Tiempo de Juego too. The ball keeps rolling!

Football has the power to change lives!
Football has the power to change lives!


Our dream!
Our dream!

Altos de Cazuca, in Soacha, is a community of high level vulnerability, particularly given that is one of the areas which received the most displaced people due to the armed conflict.  Marginalisation and exclusion has characterized its population, contributing to the lack of opportunities that affect children and young people in particularly, by prematurely living with poverty and violence as their reality. Today, 22% of arts and sports practice are cancelled due to weather and violence.

By providing the community of Altos de Cazuca with the construction of a dome,  we will allow more than 1500 children to practice sports and arts away from the violence of gangs, away from natural risks, and away from the dangerous of a community that is recognized as one of the most violent in the suburbs of the capital city in Bogota.

For the next month, we're inviting donors to comit with building a safe place for children in need. Clik on this link and help us build a dome - a polygonal closed building shaped as a sphere - where all sports and arts activities will be able to take place no matter weather or community threads, enabling 1500 children develop Like Skills in a safe and positive environment. The best part? The structure looks like a football!

Thank you in advance for your continuous committment AND GO TELL FRIENDS TO JOIN!

Much love, 

Joaquin Sarmiento capturing the power of football!
Joaquin Sarmiento capturing the power of football!

"Football is the strongest force that we have to bring people from the same and also different societies together because it already has such a strong following" - Juan Mata, midfielder for Manchester United FC.

With more than three billion fans, football is the largest social phenomenon on the planet. No other sport boasts such wealth. Or such reach. Or such cultural significance. The beautiful game is in a league of its own.

A few years back, Jürgen Griesbeck, founder of international network streetfootballworld, dared the world of football for peace: Imagine uniting the world of football behind a shared social vision. Imagine the impact we could create and the lives we could change. A few years later, his dreamed came true with the launch of Common Goal.

Common Goal is a charitable movement uniting the world of footballers behind the shared commitment to give back. The idea is simple. Players pledge a minimun of 1% of their wages to a collective fund. Juan Mata, midfielder for Manchester United, has been the first footballer to pledge his 1% and is calling for other players to do the same. Today, there are more than 40 players joining the movement!

We are proud to say that Juan Mata has chosen Fundación Tiempo de Juego as one of his top charities to donate his pledge. With him, we will be able to strenghten our programs that are working towards an equal treat to women in football, and better opportunities for girls to succeed in life no matter what their dream is. 

"Common Goal has kick-started an unstoppable movement from within the industry, through the players. Unstoppable, if we all together make it work. This is history in the making and we all have an active role to play. Your organisation is among the first cohort of Common Goal beneficiaries that will show the world how football can advance the Global Goals. You and your organisation will be the showcase and reference for everything that will follow." - Jürgen Griesbcke - Founder streetfootballworld

But Juan is not the only one supporting our organization. YOU have made a difference in the lives of children as well. Thank you for your continuous support. Without you, we would have never reched the high impact we have today on more than 5.000 children through arts and sports. 

Thank you for being our greatest fan!

With love, 

Your friends from Fundación Tiempo de Juego

Photographer: Joaquin Sarmiento, 2018
Photographer: Joaquin Sarmiento, 2018



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Fundacion Tiempo de Juego

Location: Bogota, D.C. - Colombia
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$28,562 raised of $30,000 goal
398 donations
$1,438 to go
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