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La Vida Poder Joven

“Poder Joven is a preventative program that helps at risk children to find a better alternative to the street.”

Project Co-ordinator: Marta Rodriguez
Location: Medelin, Colombia
Date: since 2010


  • Fundacion Poder Joven is a non-profit organisation founded in 1996 by a group of university students in Medellin.
  • This foundation has been running this preventative programme since 2006.
  • This project will help 70 children and their families.
  • Description of Project
This is a program located in the outskirt part of the neighbourhood of Manrique, Brisas del Jardin in the city of Medellin, where Poder Joven assists 75 children between the ages of 7 and 13. These children live in precarious conditions where poverty and the lack of basic services (health and hygiene) predominate.
Children are involuntary witnesses/participants of the armed conflict between gangs. Through this project, these children are provided with a safe place where they can express themselves and develop their skills towards finding alternatives for a better life. Children are provided with food, education, and receive medical and psychological assistance on a daily basis.
This is a pre- and after-school hours’ facility where the children will be provided with food,education, medical and psychological assistance on a daily basis. Their families will also be supported by receiving counselling about the education of their children.

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