We are proud to announce the inauguration of the Building Dreams Community Center — a modern, vibrant community center in Santa Rosa de Lima, Colombia, that will serve as the hub of all our program activities in this area. Children International’s services, through this new center, reach about 4,000 young people — just under half the number of children and youth between the ages of 5 and 24 currently living in Santa Rosa.
From nutrition and health programs ... to tutoring and computer classes ... to social and financial education and youth leadership training ... to job-training and career-readiness workshops or scholarships for higher education, our programs are interconnected and essential to helping children and youth break the cycle of poverty.
Seeing a young adult who has graduated from our program become a role model for others is powerful. Our children and youth become not only the beneficiaries of program support, but agents of change in their own communities.
Since 2002, Children International has been working with children and youth in Santa Rosa, a small urban suburb of Cartagena. The residents of Santa Rosa face many challenging obstacles to a better life, including a lack of proper health care, poor employment opportunities and a dearth of quality schools, infrastructure and public services. Although 25,000 people live in Santa Rosa, the city has only one hospital, three primary schools and one high school.
Santa Rosa’s proximity to several small rivers puts it at risk for flooding and stagnant water, two common causes of medical problems among residents. When it floods, children and youth cannot attend school because the roads are inaccessible. The greatest victims of this hazardous environment are children and youth.
Our community centers are places of safety and comfort in the neighborhoods where children and youth go to grow, learn and thrive. One gift can equal a lifetime of giving to communities in need — and we are so grateful for the compassionate donors who have made this community center a reality!
— Tim Angel, donor
Make a lifelong impact on children’s futures by naming one of the rooms still available. The very spaces that are changing the lives of kids will honor you or someone you love. We will highlight your investment with a plaque in the available room of your choice, in addition to adding the room name to our website.
For additional information about the recognition associated with naming opportunities, please contact Global Philanthropy at 800‑888‑4089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With reading material appropriate for all ages, this is a key educational (and entertainment) resource for our children and the community.
A resource for our kids, where they learn vital computer skills and use computers to complete their projects.
A flexible space for larger group training to support all of our programs for youth, from life skills to practical job skills.
Our first foot forward in welcoming families to our life-changing facility.
A large, flexible space where community gatherings, youth and parent workshops, children’s events, career-readiness training and more take place.
The home base for our field officers, who work closely with children and their families, as well as a dedicated space for children to be in touch with their sponsors, solidifying the relationships that make our work possible.
The space where staff can be laser-focused on helping children and youth become — and stay — healthy, so they can focus on breaking free from poverty.
The office where staff manages our transformative programs, working with children, families and staff to ensure we are meeting our goals.
A space for program coordinators to work collaboratively on curriculum and activities aimed at deepening the engagement and learning experiences for our children.