Christmas wish for Comuna 13-2018

$3,500 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 31 people in 8 months
Created August 30, 2018
We're back with another Christmas Wish for Comuna 13. The soccer school & foundation, Sembrando paz y esperanza en las comunas, continues to seed hope and peace in Comuna 13, and we want to come along side them again and help them to raise money to continue to improve their field. This is going to require a lot of time and money which is why we're starting our Christmas wish in September! 

Through the help of many in 2016 we were able to raise $3,000 to build a fence to keep the boys safe and prevent the soccer balls from flying off the side of the mountain. In 2017 the community came together to build the fence, and it has made a world of difference, however there is still much work to be done to help get their field to safety and regulation standards where they can invite other teams to come and play and have a field they can truly take pride in. 

We have seen that together with the generosity of the global community, and the hard working locals of Comuna 13 we can come together and create space not only to play fútbol, but a place to experience the joy of being part of a team....a family, a place to find peace, and a place to dream and have hope. 

Growing up in the US playing soccer, I had manicured fields to play and practice on where I felt safe, dreamed of being able to play just like Mia Hamm, and met some of the my best friends! I want to help these young kids whom I fell in love with in Medellin have the same opportunity...(though they are probably dreaming of playing just like James Rodriguez from the Colombian National team and not Mia Hamm ;)).

Yenny and Andres started the soccer school back in 2007 by cleaning up what at the time was basically a garbage dump and making space for the kids to play! They created the school to  help the kids focus on a sport taking them away from social problems like gangs, and drugs. However, more than that, over the last 11 years working only as volunteers (a true labor of love) Yenny and Andres have created what for many of the boys is "home". The soccer school is what we see on the surface....but once you have spent any time with them, what you realize is, they have truly created so much more! 

This fall  I am joining with  my friend Anderson Mejia from Nueva Lengua to raise money to help make much needed improvements to the field like leveling the ground, expanding the area, filling it with sand and more. We estimate this project to cost approximately $5,000 USD, we will have a more exact estimate soon after we have have an itemized list of what is needed including labor. Our goals is to have raised the money by Christmas of this year, so they can begin the renovation process in 2019. 

The soccer field is a humble place for these young kids to play and dream! And with the help of all of you we can make this place a lot safer and more useful for the kids who play there, and soon they will be able to host other teams and expand the hope and peace they have already seeded. 

 Donations of any size, however small or large are welcomed! 

Muchas Gracias! 

Jenna Louise
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Dear Friends of Comuna 13!

It’s been a couple of months since our last update….and we are excited to get to share with you some exciting news from the soccer school (Sembrando Paz y Esperanza en Las Comunas)!

One of the most exciting pieces of news, is that Yenny and Andres have now started a team for the girls in the community! They started with one girl and that quickly grew to 11 girls, enough for a full team! This has been something they have been dreaming of for years, and it has now come to be!

The boy’s teams have been training hard, and have been participating in games and tournaments...and winning a lot!!

Additionally, Andres and Yenny along with volunteers and community members have been doing a lot of work to clean up the field. They have been making improvements like fixing the goal posts and working on the land to prepare it for when we have the funds to resurface the field.

Nueva Lengua continues to bring their students up to visit the soccer school every month. The students play and share with the kids their different languages and cultures from around the world. We hope those of you who have come with Nueva Lengua before, will be excited to see the progress!

We are continuing slowly but surly to raise the funds we need for the resurfacing of the field. We still need just under $1,000 USD to be able to have reached our goal, allowing us to move forward with these efforts! Can you help us get there?

If you are able to donate, or you know someone who would like to support these efforts, please share our GoFundMe page!

I want to thank each of you for your continued support of helping to make the dreams of these young kids in Comuna 13 a reality! We hope to see you back in Medellin soon!

Saludos Desde Comuna 13, Medellin, Colombia!!

Con Tanto Amor!

Jenna, Anderson, Yenny, Andres….& all of the children of Sembrando Paz y Esperanza
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Christmas wish for Comuna 13-2018 has reached 51% of its goal. Thanks to all our donors!
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Happy New Year!

We hope each of you have been enjoying the holidays with your family and friends!

Yenny, Andres and other volunteers worked hard over Christmas to make sure every kid received a Christmas gift. The work of this beautiful foundation goes way beyond soccer and we love that we can be a small part to help them bring peace joy and hope to their community that has been so greatly impacted over the years through drugs an violence!

We did not quite reach our goal before Christmas, but we're not giving up! We're almost to the 1/2 way point of $3,000 USD, and we'll keep going until we've raised it. Thanks so much to each of you for your generous contributions!

As we enter into the coming year if you have friends or family who you think may be touched by the efforts of this wonderful foundation to sew peace and hope into the lives of the children in Comuna 13, please consider sharing our project with them.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year filled with abounding love!

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Raised by 31 people in 8 months
Created August 30, 2018
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