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.
Colombia has been experiencing violent internal conflicts for more than 50 years. According to the World Food Programme, 7.5 million people have been displaced as a result.
In search of safety and a better future, the displaced population migrates to urban areas, and informal settlements form on the cities’ peripheries.
Colombia ranks 16th in the world for income inequality as of 2017 (Gini Index-World Bank est).
According to the latest Colombian Humanitarian Needs Overview (2020) published by the UN OCHA, 6.3 million people are affected by conflict and natural events in Colombia, of which 5.1 million need humanitarian assistance. This includes 530,000 victims of forced displacement, 1.6 million people with access restrictions, 40,000 people in confinement situation, some 358,800 victims of mines and other unexploded devices, almost 1 million people affected by natural events and 300,000 women victims of gender-based violence. Of these, about 2.4 million people are estimated to be food insecure (Published in World Food Programme – Colombia country brief).
Extreme poverty is still present, disproportionately affecting certain regions and types of population. Ethnic minorities in particular – including indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities – in former conflict zones are paying a heavy price for years of marginalisation. Coastal regions present the most severe deficiencies, with the Caribbean department of La Guajira reaching a peak of 90 percent of rural population with unsatisfied basic needs (World Food Programme).
Colombia has also taken in roughly one million refugees from Venezuela since 2015, with more expected to arrive. The Colombian government expects four million Venezuelan migrants to be living in the country by 2021, at a cost of what it estimates to be $9 billion (Reuters, 2018).