However, this initiative is part of the broad group of social programs developed by the Andes Foundation in the field of education. Its president explained to PORTAFOLIO the social strategy to which they have been aiming. What is the Andes Foundation? It is a non-profit entity, part of the global initiative Red Misión, which develops projects in Colombia in the areas of education, training, research, training at all levels and the promotion of culture.
In that sense, what have you achieved with Red Misión? Through the Network, which offers programs for children, youth and adults who want to be trained, we have benefited 40,000 people through social assistance and reached more than 7,000 volunteers in our works. In 2009 alone, we were able to invest 1.6 million dollars in social assistance distributed in our programs. What programs does the Foundation carry out? The first of our programs is called Mano Amiga, which is a network of schools that provide academic training to children and young people from needy populations; it currently has 28 centers in 7 countries, in which 17,000 students are educated. In Colombia, we work at the Mano Amiga School in Bellon (Antioquia), and in Zipaquirá. A second program is called El amor nos unites, in which we are committed to reducing the rates of begging in the streets by donating vouchers or food kits instead of money.
Lazos Colombia is our third initiative, carried out in coordination with government entities, which seeks to heal the traces left by violence, offering training in values and human rights for those who once lived or were part of the violence and are currently in process of social reintegration. The fourth initiative we carry out is called Anspac, which promotes the integral improvement of women through human training programs and productive learning. With all these initiatives, where is gastronomy? Precisely, the framework of all these social activities is based on our traditional Cooking Hope dinner, in which renowned chefs from all over the country donate their time, put the ingredients and provide their work team, in a true example of social responsibility with the country and its people. The event is attended by businessmen, leaders and generous friends who contribute a bonus and enjoy a unique evening. In which cities are these dinners held? This meeting takes place in Bogotá, Medellín and Popayán, in June each year; in Cali, in October, and in Pereira, in November. We are working to bring dinner to Bucaramanga and Barranquilla.
Motorola gambles for education in the country The Motorola Foundation announced the strengthening of its social responsibility initiatives through support to the Gabriel Piedrahíta Uribe Foundation and the NGO Give to Colombia to expand the coverage of its Program “Improving quality and Pertinence of Education in Colombia ”, with the effective use of the Scratch computer programming environment.
According to the president of the Foundation, Javier León, “reaching more regions of Colombia and with a computer programming environment that helps children develop their higher-order intellectual abilities (problem solving, algorithmic thinking, logical thinking ) ”, It will seek to improve their skills in Mathematics, ICT and Natural Sciences. The program, which began in Cali, in February 2009, with the support of Motorola de Colombia, achieved in 12 months the training of 182 teachers from more than 73 educational institutions, directly impacting 1,430 students and indirectly more than 10,562, all belonging to vulnerable populations of strata 1 and 2. In addition to its impact on the areas with the greatest deprivation in Cali, this program, which achieves the educational application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tools, has also benefited thousands of teachers from Latin America, since all the material developed during the project is available on an educational Internet portal called Eduteka (www.eduteka.org), with free content for the entire continent. “The Cocinando Esperanzas dinner is the Andes Foundation initiative to which the country’s chefs are most closely linked. They donate their time, provide the ingredients and provide their work team. It is a true example of social responsibility.” 50 thousand people, Above all, children and young people benefit from training and social assistance programs.