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Sports for 5000 Colombian kids' dreams

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

Facing the quarantine due to COVID 19 has been a challenge for Tiempo de Juego. For fourteen years we have been doing face to face activities and, all of a sudden, we had to start thinking in our job in a virtual, non- physical contact way. Technology is not easily found in most of the communities we work with, so meetings at zoom, meets, teams - as it is done worldwide- is not possible for achieving our goals. Therefore, we have created Virtual Tiempo de Juego, using basic social networks to keep spreading our message.

This way, we have made psychosocial challenges that involve family interaction, to promote healthy family dynamics, and technical challenges that involve different exercises and physical activities to promote healthy lifestyles for our participants. All these, through Facebook, Whatsapp, and other basic social networks. 

It hasn't been easy to reinvent ourselves and the way we reach our participants. Nevertheless, we acknowledge the importance of improving virtual methods, because there are still more than 5000 children at their homes waiting for activities that improve their cognitive, social, and technical skills.

These times have also been used to improve the community leader's training in different topics as gender focus, technical and psychosocial skills. The latter will help us to provide better training spaces for every participant, in any discipline of sports, arts, or technology.

We'll keep facing this challenge with optimism and creativity, to achieve our main mission: Use the game as a tool to create change agents in different communities.


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Building Together

The community of FundaciónTiempo de Juego will improve the conditions of more than 1500 children, adolescents and young people through art, sports and youth leadership by allowing them to play in a safe space.

To support the construction of a dome is to contribute with the safety of 1500 children who gather daily to learn and grow positively through the practice of sports, arts and technology. The dome will be placed next to the existing synthetic pitch and will be used as a space for workshops, trainings, meetings and gatherings. This space is vital for the continuous growth of Tiempo de Juego.


  • More efficient structures
  • The strongest human refuge
  • Use of very little material
  • Structures more resistant to earthquakes
  • Withstands winds of up to 320 km/h
  • Need less energy to acclimatize
  • Permanent solar gain
  • Can accommodate up to 100 people
  • Safe meeting space
  • Multipurpose (arts, dance, systems, meetings)
  • Space to receive families
  • Visible to the community
  • Allows the growth of the foundation
  • Protected alternative in case of bad weather

Thank you for contirbuting to this dream. Hels us spread the word by sharing this link with family and friends!


At Fundación Tiempo de Juego we use play as a tool for community transformation, to promote the capacities of children and young people, inspiring them to be agents of change.

For more than a decade, Playtime has been consolidating an extensive body of experience and knowledge about how playful methodologies can transform realities. Whether it is a sport such as football, a music workshop or a video recording, playing provides children and young people with a privileged space to fully develop their human potential, to be happier.

This wealth of experience has allowed the organization to create the School of Leadership with a curriculum that guides the education of leaders through the unique Community Playful Empowerment approach.

Sport plays a very important role in the integral education of children and young people. It facilitates the learning process where, through discipline and perseverance, healthy habits and lifestyles can be generated. The participants develop physical and sporting abilities that allow them to build a positive and viable life project.


During 2019, thanks to your contribution and in partnership with local that are committed to promote change, we managed to work with girls, boys, young people and adults through XXX. In total, we have inspired, researched and transformed more than 11,000 people in Colombia

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5Kzuca sought to be a space of social integration where more than 500 children, young people and adults from different backgrounds had the opportunity to share experiences and create shared memories revolving around themes that require special attention in order to achieve social change.


The main objectives were: 

  • To promote the transformation of negative images associated with life in the Altos de Cazucá through an untraditional running route.

  • To promote the view of sports and healthy lifestyle habits as socially recognized and admired lifestyle choices by peers.

  • To encourage the practice of activities during free time, especially athletics, through the participation of partners, sponsors and donors who contribute individually or corporately.  

  • To be advocates and promoters of solutions to social problems that affect children and young people in the country, such as teenage pregnancy.


Since 2018, this strategy has been developed within the framework of Andean Week, organized by the Colombian Family Welfare Institute for the prevention of teenage pregnancies. And so, Tiempo de Juego was committed to this theme that promoted the 5K run and that raised awareness of the commitment to make conscious decisions about sexuality. As a result, in 2019, our joint efforts are focused on the awareness and prevention of teenage pregnancy.


We had the support of different governmental and private platforms, who donated water, energizers, cookies, cakes, deodorants, foot powders, etc. These were used to make kits that were given to the runners. In addition to this, Adidas donated enough equipment for us to be able to award prizes to the first three runners in each category of the 5Kzucá race.


Adult runners signed up for the race in advance and paid an entry fee to participate. They ran the first 4 kilometers alone and for the last kilometer they ran holding hands with a child from the Tiempo de Juego Foundation.


 The race had very positive results within the community and amongst the children. The foundation was able to become better known and, at the same time, it was able to raise awareness about teenage pregnancy.


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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:


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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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Thank you for your support!



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.


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Fundacion Tiempo de Juego

Location: Bogota, D.C. - Colombia
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Tiempo de Juego
Bogota, Colombia
$29,813 raised of $30,000 goal
408 donations
$187 to go
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