Colombia

A GAME LIBRARY NETWORK
TO FIGHT VIOLENCE AND MISERY

Context

The conflict in Colombia has led to 5,7 million displaced. Most of them farmers, the villagers have moved to the cities (Bogotá has consequently seen its population increase from 5 to 10 million inhabitants); 80% of these families live in these crowded miserable neighbourhoods called “of invasion” where poverty, drugs and criminality have engendered a severe violence that swoops down on families ; children are the first victims.

Mission Enfance has been acting against the violence imposed on children, in Bogotá and other regions of Colombia through the implantation of “toy and game libraries”. In twenty years, the association has created a network of 7 centres, concentrating on the problems encountered by the children: violence in Santa Marta and la Uvita, racial denigration in the Choco region, towards the descendants of the slaves at the time of the conquistadors. Neglect and poverty of Indians of Amazonia in Letitia.

Our project in 2017

In Ciudad Bolivar, Bogotá’s shanty-town suburb, Mission Enfance has created and supported 19 years ago, a toy and game library that welcomes more than a thousand children each month. This project is carried out under the direction and control of our local coordinator, Françoise Bardon. Each child is under the care of animators who are to help them evacuate the daily violence lived within the family. A radio station, a newspaper and football and ping-pong games will be organized in order to attract young people around 13 years old, out in the streets. Ciudad Bolivar functions in 2017 with 7 people (librarian, game librarians, coordinator, etc). This game library also offers a school support programme and a “baby-game library” focused on toddlers as from 4 years old and their parents.

Training sessions for the toy library team are organised on a regular basis. In order to optimise our work, we employ all of the game librarians of each of our centres. The Municipalities finance the other staff members and educative equipment.

Partners

The municipalities and the governorates of Colombia participate in the action, through a contribution of paid staff, a contribution of places or endowments of toys.

Air France Foundation

Mission Enfance is sole carrier and project manager, via its local association Mission Paraiso. It insures 90 % of the project.

Beneficiaries : 9 502 children attending the libraries

 

Film directed by « Ils Sont Demain » on our game libraries in Colombia

 

Art Therapy mission lead by Sophie Geider towards the children of our game and toy library.