The Foundation contributes with various resources to infrastructure projects that aim to improve daily life in the different communities.
The Sé project (Constructing a library and cultural center)
One of our main projects is the Sé project. The goal of the Sé project is to construct a library and cultural center at the Vista Nieves school in the Sierra de Santa Marta and in this way enhance the level of education on reading skills and provide a place where people can connect with each other.
At the moment the school does not have any space dedicated to this function. The books are housed in a disorderly manner throughout the school, deteriorating due to adverse weather conditions, and making it impossible for children to have adequate access to them.
The library will have a multifunctional character. Not only will it be used to store books and provide a quiet and inspiring place where students can (learn to) read, it will also serve as a cultural center where students can learn about arts and music and where they can hold actual recitals. Finally there will also be a coffee lab room where high school graduates can make advanced studies on coffee plantations, their cultivation and their trade.
We believe that building this library will not only benefit the school, but it will be a symbol of hope for the entire community. A meeting place where students from the 4 other nearby schools, as well as the families that live, work and visit the area, are more than welcome to connect with and learn from each other.
Los Palomos Park
In the village of Los Palomos in Fredonia, we have supported the urban improvement and reconstruction of the main park through the contribution of monetary as well as nonfinancial resources to the Community Action Board. With this support, the community received new gardens, a remodeled playground for the children as well as improved railway station, which is next to the park.
During the facilitation and evaluation of our programs at the school in Palomos, we identified the need to create student spaces, where they can express their artistic potential through musical and visual arts. By tackling this objective, we built two multipurpose classrooms, that are also used by the community for meetings and training.
Road Infrastructure (Montebello-Santa Barbara)
Many of the communities that live around our coffee farms, have difficulties accessing their homes due to the lack of roads. Especially students suffer under those conditions: some need 1,5 hours one-way to walk to school using the mountain paths. Since 2015, we have contributed resources in order to tackle this problem and in alliance with local mayors and other organizations, we have built roads that enable a level of “human” mobility, easy entry of supplies for farms and groceries, thus improving the quality of life of many people in the community, especially the ones of the children.
In the community of Los Palomos we contributed to the construction of a new playground. Before there was no place where the younger children could play and enjoy themselves after school. This new playground offers the younger children a place where they can play in a safe and colourful environment.
In the area of health the Foundation organizes medical brigades in five different communities where people do not have medical assistance because of their economical means and the lack of governmental presence. The medical brigades have given many people the opportunity to have access to a general doctor, as well as a dentist, an optometrist, a gynecologist, vaccinations and other medical services.
The medical brigades are also an important gathering for the communities. We organize recreational activities for the children to enjoy and for adults we organize different workshops about health topics and about environmental conservation.
Our projects attempt to recover and disperse the pass-down knowledge, oral traditions, and family archives of local citizens. By supporting farmers and other specialist workers in the communities we hope to conserve the way of life lived in these communities for generations to come. We hope that farmers will feel like their way of life is every bit as valid and valuable as any other trade. That is why, we support artisans in the start-up of businesses with training, which includes product supply chain support.