In the last 3 years, more than 2,500 children and young people of the east of Cali have been trained in ICT information and communication technologies, employability and entrepreneurship, cultural and artistic training and languages.
In order to continue offering spaces for the sustainability of artistic and technological programs that benefit children and young people of one of the most vulnerable and poor sectors of the capital city of Vallecaucan, the Friends Club of “Somos Pacífico“, a civil society initiative created to support the “Tecnocentro Cultural Somos Pacífico” that takes its name in the framework of a public-private partnership between the Mayor of Cali, the Alvaralice Foundation, Comfandi, the Ministry of Culture and the corporation “Somos Pacífico“.
This proposal was socialized during the development of the charity gala that the Alvaralice Foundation has been doing for three years and this year was attended by the Minister of Culture, Mariana Garcés, who invited the living forces of the region to support in a way Decided to fund this training center.
For its part, the Governor of the Valle announced the creation of a “Tecnocentro Cultural Somos Pacífico”, in the special district of Buenaventura with the support of the Alvaralice Foundation and financing from this year with 100 million pesos by the department for the current Tecnocentro located the District of Aguablanca of Cali. The Mayor of Cali, Maurice Armitage invited the entrepreneurs of the region to join the Club of Friends “Somos Pacifico” to promote the transformation of thousands of young people and children of limited resources.
Since its creation in 2010, “Tecnocentro Cultural Somos Pacífico” has supported more than 2,500 children and young people in Potrero Grande, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Cali, inhabited by low-income people – The majority displaced from the Pacific Coast, to transform their reality and learn from technology, art and culture in order to give them new opportunities for progress and education and, at the same time, to become an example for their communities as builders of Peace and coexistence.
To continue to encourage the dream of these children and young people, it is necessary to maintain this community center with permanent endowment and to ensure that they continue to receive training for work and spaces for reflection and knowledge. Therefore, it seeks to make lasting the programs that are benefiting this population of the east of Cali through donations or monthly contributions of $ 10,000, $ 20,000, $ 30,000 or any value that companies, citizens and organizations can perform to support maintenance Andendowment of Tecnocentro, in order to improve the present and future of these people.
Whitney Cox, a Columbia University New York economist with Italian descent, has been the executive director of the Alvaralice Foundation since February 1 of this year and is behind this initiative. “Thanks to the contributions of the friends of the Club of Friends Somos Pacífico we have managed to transform the lives of young people, through the art, technology and generation of income. We will continue to manage resources as a contribution to the construction of peace in the country in conditions of equality and social inclusion“.