CHILDREN AND YOUNGSTERS AS BUILDERS OF A HOPE CULTURE

Project Description

Host Rotary Clubs in Colombia: 1- Bogotá Centenario, 2- Ibagué Ciudad Musical y 3- Armero Ibagué

Site: Two vulnerable communities in Colombia: Soacha and Ibagué

Why to work in peace projects in Colombia?

  • The eldest guerilla in Latin America is that of Colombia.
  • Colombian government and the guerilla are close to signing a Peace Agreement next march.
  • This process requires strong civil society participation in order to achieve an effective and long lasting result.
  • Soacha and Ibagué are two cities where a great number of displaced people by violence and armed conflict are gathered.
  • We as Rotarians want to be active participants in this Peace Process in order to attain a better country.

What were the requirements identified by Soacha and Ibagué Communities?

  • To be recognized as Human Rights’ Subjects.
  • They don’t want to be forced to participate in juvenile delinquency, gangs and illegal drugs micro-traffic.
  • To be peace and nonviolence builders.

Who are the beneficiaries and our strategic allied?

  • 200 children and youngsters in Soacha and 100 in Ibagué, victims of forced displacement and armed conflict from 7 to 25 years old. The indirect beneficiaries will be their mothers, families, neighbors and their close community.
  • Our strategic allied will be MENCOLDES, the Menonite Colombian Foundation for Social Development. It is an NGO which has been working in Colombia for more than 40 years supporting peace and conflict resolution. (fundacionmencoldes.org)
  • We have recently developed together with this NGO two successful Matching Grants on Microcredits.

What will Rotary Clubs and their Strategic Allied do?Untitled

  • Training and educating victims who are children and youngsters to be peace builders.
  • Workshops to achieve skills to build their own life project and healthy habits; to recognize themselves as Human Rights’ subjects; to rebuild social network, to be leaders for nonviolent resolution and forgiveness and self esteem recovery.
  • The Rotarians will visit the vulnerable communities and will attend to: the workshops, the exchange of experiences and the visible commemorative peace dates.
  • Time estimated for completion: 8 to 12 months

How will the results be measured?

  • Direct beneficiaries number, trained children and younsters tested by direct observation, before and after.
  • Community number that report conflict level reduction, measured by interviews and test questions.
  • Number of children and youngster leaders who arise after the training.

How much does the project cost and what expenses will it cover?Untitled

  • $ 38,191 USD
  • The expenses covered will be: trainers with experience and skills in peace formation; pedagogical materials and didactic support; complementary meals for workshops attendants; audiovisual aids for non literate participants; transportation for leaders’ exchange experiences between Soacha and Ibagué; rent payment for lecture halls, and community meetings on peace commemorative dates.

ContactProject e-mail: clubrotariobogotacentenario@gmail.com