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1 What is Fundamira? A non-Governmental, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the U.S.A. and Colombia. Founded in 2004 by a group of Colombian Educating With Love …for a Better World: Fundamira believes in the implementation of educational programs as the first step to create sustainable development for poverty-stricken communities.Mission: To develop and establish educational programs for the villages located between the Mira and Mataje Rivers in the South Pacific Region of Colombia. What is Fundamira? A non-Governmental, non-profit organization based in Colombia and the U.S.A. 501(c)(3). Founded in 2004 by a group of Colombians interested in educational projects in poor areas of the country. Vision: Vision: Educating With Love …for a Better World: Fundamira believes in the implementation of educational programs as the first step to create sustainable development for poverty-stricken communities.Mission: To develop and establish educational programs for the communities located between the Mira and Mataje Rivers in the South Pacific Region of Colombia.

2 Who manages Fundamira? The Fundamira Board of Directors oversees the implementation of projects, grant writing, fundraising events, and advertising. Volunteers from all over the world support Fundamiras programs contributing with their time, creative ideas, expertise, and donations. Independent Certified Public Accountants monitor resources and expenses.

3 Who manages Fundamira? The Fundamira Board of Directors oversees the implementation of projects, grant writing, fundraising events, and advertising. Volunteers from all over the world support Fundamiras programs contributing with their time, creative ideas, expertise, and donations. Independent Certified Public Accountants monitor resources and expenses. Area of influence: 10 villages located between the Mira and Mataje Rivers in the South Pacific Region of Colombia Isolated rainforest lands of the South Pacific Region of Colombia. 48 kilometers from the city of Tumaco, State of Nariño. Extreme humidity and heat. Seasons of extreme floods and non-rain. Marshy soil and poor growing conditions. Dangerous foraging animals. Little sustainable agriculture.

4 Living Conditions Rural economy: People work mainly by collecting palm oil seeds, cocoa beans, or coca leaves. Very limited access to hospitals and health facilities. High levels of malnutrition: Diet composed mainly of rice, plantain, fish, coconuts. Expensive trading: goods are scarce and basic necessities (soap, shoes, clothing ) sell for extremely high prices. Transportation limited to private river ferry/small boats is v very expensive.. Living Conditions

5 Contaminated water sources. No sewer systems, electricity, gas, trash collection, phone, TV, or internet services. Predominance of high-risk diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis, VIH, and hemorrhagic dengue. Very limited access to hospitals and health facilities. Transportation limited to few private river ferry/small boats at high cost. Expensive trading: goods are scarce and basic necessities (soap, shoes, clothing) sell for extremely expensive prices. High crime rates. Living Conditions

6 The people of these villages OVERALL LACK OF OPPORTUNITIES: Afro-Colombian and displaced indigenous people who have struggled for years with discrimination, extreme poverty, and violence. VERY YOUNG POPULATION: 67% of the population is under 25 years of age. FRAGMENTED FAMILY STRUCTURES: 62% of households are headed by single young mothers (under age 30) with an average of 3 children - under 9 years old. LOW INCOME: Only 492 people of 1,164 have monetary earnings. HIGH LEVELS OF MALNUTRITION INFORMAL ECONOMY: Bartering and subsistence. ION: Diet composed mainly of rice, plantain, fish, coconuts. :

7 Education and Recreation No access to elementary, middle, or high schools; no technical programs. Only 9 people of these 10 villages (1,164) have completed high school. * 57% of adults are illiterate. * 70.17% of the population under age 25 have completed only 3 years of school.* Today, only 13% of children under age 12 have access to elementary school*. No community centers, social programs, churches, or recreation sources. 5 bars and 3 brothels *. * Data from Population Survey performed by Fundamira in Nov, 2009.

8 Why help these communities? This remote region has been ignored and abandoned for years by the National Government for the difficulties in accessing the area. Public infrastructure and education have never been provided to the people of these communities, thus creating a never ending cycle of poverty and stagnation. Due to internal conflict, many children and teenagers have been recruited and/or are exposed to guerrilla, paramilitary, and narcotraffic groups, others arrived to the area as Displaced Victims as victims of war.

9 Fundamira in Action Fundamira maintained one rural School that functioned in a temporary building donated specifically for this purpose. The temporary building had a very small capacity with no bathrooms: served Pre-school & First grade only for 30 children. Fundamira provided : two sets of clothing & one pair of shoes for each child, school supplies, teaching materials, daily snacks, and one full –time salary for a pre-school teacher for three years.

10 Why help these communities? This remote region has been ignored and abandoned for years by the National Government. Public infrastructure and education have never been provided to the people of these communities, thus creating a never ending cycle of poverty and stagnation. Due to internal conflict, children and teenagers are being recruited by guerrilla, paramilitary, and narcotraffic groups, becoming victims of war. From One little space with two purposes… A temporary rural School (Pre-K and 1 st grade only for 30 children) that also served as an afternoon Adult Educational Center. 2007: Adult Literacy Program was piloted From February 2007 to April 2008, two sessions of the programs served 44 adults. 11 adults completed the program with basic levels of reading and writing.

11 Fundamiras Main Project: Fundamira Community and Vocational Center

12 The Fundamira Community Center aims to provide the infrastructure and the space for all members of the community to carry out activities to build, learn, share, foster, integrate and participate as members of their community. Full-time Pre-K & Elementary School to operate in proper conditions for the children to develop and learn. 6 Classrooms, Computer Lab, Library, Meeting & Multimedia Room, Playground, Kitchen, & Bathrooms. Programs at the Fundamira Community and Vocational Center: 1.Formal Pre-K and Elementary Education Program for their children 2.Literacy Programs for Adults 3.Vocational and Technical training for Teenagers and Adults 4.Recreational areas and a place for community building, learning and integration. Fundamira Community and Vocational Center Fundamira Community and Vocational Center

13 PHASE I: Construction of Elementary School- Fall 2009

14 Construction began in September 2009

15 One major achievement: Railing to protect the new Facilities

16 January 2010: 4 Classrooms, Playground and Bathrooms ready!

17 First Formal Playground of the Area

18 Playground donated by: Rotary Club Miramar Pines & District 6990 Rotary Club Miramar Pines & District 6990

19 Bathroom facilities: for the first time!

20 Inauguration on January 30, 2010 The Elementary School Instituto Julieta de Corredor

21 New classrooms, students, supplies and teachers Pre-K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades for 65 children

22 New educational system teaches two levels at the same time

23 Vocational and Technical Programs for Adults and Teens Literacy Program The program started on March 2010 every Saturday (1:00- 5:00 pm) with 60 students

24 Vocational and Technical Programs for Adults and Teens Bakery Training Program Bakery equipment was donated by the Miramar-Pines Rotary Club on December 2010 and the Bakery training program started on May 2011.

25 Our future project: PHASE II: Construction of 3 multipurpose rooms for technical and vocational courses 1.MULTIMEDIA CLASSROOM: computers, T.V / DVD, Screen 2.LIBRARY/ READING CENTER 3.TRAINING/CONFERENCE ROOM: to expand on vocational courses: Dressmaking, First- Aid, Health courses for the community as well as meeting room for Parent meetings and events.

26 Help us to raise the funds for the Community Center or send us your in-kind donation Maintenance of facilities and 3 Teachers salaries: US$3,700/month Daily Meals for the students – breakfast and lunch: US$ 2,250/month To donate any amount or items for the Center, visit: SponsorME program Sponsor a childs monthly education (USD$25.00 /month), get reports on the child progress and get to know them by sending and receiving letters to/from the sponsor child. Commitment is for a full year. Guardian Angel Program Sponsor any child, your donation can be for 1 month $25 to 6 months ($125). These funds are used to fund meals, snacks, uniforms, teacher salaries, school supplies, and other maintenance expenses. How can you help?

27 MOST URGENT: DONATE BUILDING MATERIALS. We need: 60,000 Bricks + 1,900 bags of cement + 22,000 roof tiles. DONATE ANY CASH AMOUNT, EVERY DOLLAR MAKES A DIFFERENCE: The Fundamira Community Center will cost USD $220, 000 and the Administrative House will cost USD. $75,000 ONCE CONSTRUCTION HAS STARTED: BECOME A VOLUNTEER: Share your time and experience, invite your friends and family, make a difference and participate in creating the programs of the Fundamira Community Center.ALWAYS: Sponsor a childs monthly education (USD$22.00 ) Send a gift to a child this Christmas (USD $ 35.00) With your support, their future can be changed! DONATIONS CAN BE MADE VIA: Website: Contact: Beatriz Corredor Executive Director Skype: fundamira -July IN UNITED STATES: DEPOSIT IN: Bank of America Fundamira USA, Inc. Account # (Florida) FUNDAMIRA USA 1391 Camellia Circle Weston, FL U.S.A Phone: (954) IN COLOMBIA: FUNDACION PARA EL BIENESTAR DEL MIRA – FUNDAMIRA DEPOSIT IN : Helm Bank FUNDACION PARA EL BIENESTAR DEL MIRA – FUNDAMIRA Checking Account: Savings Account: Cali, Colombia FUNDACION PARA EL BIENESTAR DEL MIRA –FUNDAMIRA (NIT ) Avenida 4 Norte # Teléfono: (57-2) Cali-Valle,COLOMBIA


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