Colombia

Fútbol con Corazón – Goals That Change The World

Founded in November 15, 2007, Colombia’s Fútbol con Corazón (Football with Heart) – Goals That Change The World, opened its first operation in March 2008 in the neighbourhood of La Paz, with 300 children and young people who were exposed to social problems.

FCC aim to work with children and young people between 5 and 17 years old and their families, who have a high degree of vulnerability, as well as people exposed to substance and alcohol abuse, illegal recruitment, displaced by violence (these people are usually homeless), gangsterism, etc.

They have impacted the lives of more than 20,000 children throughout Colombia.

In the past 12 months, 5,000 children, young people and their families have participated in the programme.

Organisation Details

Participants

Children and young people between 5 and 17 years old and their families, who have a high degree of vulnerability, as well as people exposed to substance and alcohol abuse, illegal recruitment, displaced by violence (these people are usually homeless), gangsterism, etc.

Organisation Details

Barranquilla, Santa Marta, Cartagena, Valledupar, Medellín and Bogotá.

Homelessness Statistics

34%
Of the population living below the poverty line
30%
Of families do not have adequate homes

In recent years, the economic growth of Colombia has placed the country among the world’s “emerging economies,” but nearly 34% of the population still live in poor conditions (DANE, 2005).

Colombia is also the world’s seventh most inequitable country (Banco Mundial, 2012).

Colombia has been experiencing violent internal conflicts for more than 50 years. Since 1985, 5.9 million Colombians have been violently displaced as a result of this conflict (CODHES, 2014).

In search of safety and a better future, the displaced population migrates to urban areas, and informal settlements proliferate on the cities’ peripheries.

Homelessness

As a result, 3.8 million households, nearly 30% of all families in Colombia, do not have adequate homes (according to Ministry of Housing estimates from 2013), and 662,146 families are homeless, or 5% of the population.