Room to grow

renovating two community centers in CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

CI sponsors have been changing lives in Cartagena, Colombia, for nearly 30 years. In that time, we’ve gone from assisting 1,000 kids in the area to helping more than 43,000 children. We’re currently serving around 9,000 kids in two neighboring centers in the community of Barrio Olaya. Originally established inside residential homes, the interiors of both centers have outgrown their useful lives.

By helping us renovate the two centers into a separate community center and youth resource center, we can provide more children and teens with a safe, encouraging and age-appropriate environment.

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Critical issues

  • Cramped quarters make it difficult for our staff to work effectively.
  • Older, outdated facilities need to be refreshed and modernized.
  • Our expanding programs for teens require more space than is currently available.
  • Kids and teens prefer age-appropriate spaces where they can socialize and work together with their peers.

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Community center

Youth resource center

About the centers

The current buildings were originally two-story houses modified for our needs. As our sponsored population has grown, our facilities have not grown with them. Limited space results in congested activities and makes it difficult for staff to effectively implement our programs.

Because these two centers are located near each other, we’ve chosen to renovate them so each facility is uniquely suited to provide age-appropriate programming to a specific group:

  • Community center: Centralized health and dental operations, reading areas, computer lab and play areas specifically for younger children.
  • Youth resource center: Adequate space for teens to participate in workshops on financial literacy, leadership, health, sports and vocational skills.

Your support of these renovations will provide modern, safe spaces where children can grow and learn and teens can receive the life and job skills they need to succeed as adults.

“Coming to the community center has helped me learn and be a better person. And, at the community center, I have learned to be disciplined, to strive for what I want the most. This has made my mom feel proud of me, and I’m even more motivated to finish school so I can become a professional.” — Ana María (12)

Large gifts and naming opportunities

CI’s community centers are the heartbeat of our organization. They provide safe, uplifting and caring environments from which CI kids can launch successful futures. But these centers are a big commitment — one that requires a lot of support.

So, to honor the big-hearted donors who so generously are able to help, we want to formally recognize you!

  • Contribute $1,000 or more: Your name — or the name of a loved one — will be inscribed on a plaque in the center.
  • Donate a gift of $10,000+: A room or outdoor area of one of the facilities will be dedicated and named in your honor. (See below for more information and which rooms are still available for naming rights.)

Name a room

The very spaces that are changing the lives of kids will feature your name or the name of someone you love. If you’re interested in donating, please contact us soon. 

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Community center

  • Child and family reception hall

    Child and family reception hall

    Our first foot forward in welcoming families to our life-changing facility.

    Funds needed: $20,000

     

    Dental Clinic

    Dental clinic

    A vital part of providing health services, including oral health procedures that wouldn’t otherwise be available to most of our kids.

    Funded!

     

    Pharmacy

    Pharmacy

    Providing necessary medications when kids are sick is a critical part of keeping them healthy.

    Funded!

     

    Medical clinic

    Medical clinic

    Creating healthy bodies is a key pillar of our work — and this clinic ensures kids have access to medical services.

    Funds needed: $25,000

     

  • Kids' corner

    Kids’ corner

    A fun, interactive space for younger kids to play, read and connect with friends.

    Funded!

     

    Community training center

    Community training center

    A space where parents and community members can participate in training activities and other events organized by center staff.

    Funds needed: $25,000

     

    Computer center

    Computer center

    A place for younger kids to learn computer skills and do their homework.

    Funds needed: $35,000

     

    Tutoring classroom

    Tutoring classroom

    A designated space for children to receive extra educational support in a fun environment.

    Funds needed: $20,000

Youth resource center

  • Community enrichment hall

    Community enrichment hall

    A large space to bring the community together, engaging citizens and building relationships.

    Funds needed: $20,000

     

    Computer center

    Computer center

    A resource for our teens where they learn vital digital skills to complete schoolwork and conduct job searches.

    Funded!

     

    Youth training center

    Youth training center

    A flexible space for larger group training to support teen programs, from life skills to practical job skills.

    Funds needed: $15,000

     

    Gymnasium

    Gymnasium

    A dedicated space for sports where teens can have fun while learning important lessons about teamwork and conflict resolution.

    Funds needed: $50,000

     

  • Arts center

    Arts center

    A space to nurture teens’ creativity and appreciation for the arts.

    Funded!

     

    Library

    Library

    A comfortable space with age-appropriate reading materials and resources to help teens complete school assignments.

    Funds needed: $50,000

     

    Garden patio area

    Garden patio area

    A flexible outdoor space for teens to hang out or hold meetings.

    Funded!

     

    Tutoring classroom

    Tutoring classroom

    A designated space for teens who are struggling with schoolwork and need to meet with tutors

    Funds needed: $20,000

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