Fundación Tiempo de Juego
In Soacha, on the outskirts of Bogotá, has some of the highest rates of inequality in Colombia. Gangs, drug traffickers and guerrilla groups have a growing presence in Soacha’s schools, causing them to become security threats rather than learning environments. Fundación Tiempo de Juego was founded in 2006 to provide young people in and around Soacha with positive alternatives to spend their free time. It uses the Soccer for Hope methodology, which it has adapted to other sports and cultural activities, to promote coexistence and to provide youth with coping and other life skills.
EMpower’s first grant to Fundación Tiempo de Juego equips students, teachers and administrators in Soacha with tools to creatively and effectively combat violence in the classroom and the community.