Tiempo de Paz
About this partner
Since 2010, Tiempo de Paz has served children aged 5-12 in Medellín, Colombia who are vulnerable to malnutrition, sexual and substance abuse, and who have high psychological and social needs.
Initially started by leaders in the CENFOL church, they wanted to share the Gospel with at-risk youth and provide a protected space for spiritual, emotional and physical development. In addition to nutritional and academic support, staff and volunteers also provide training to families to promote healthy family life in an area prone to gangs, drug-addiction, and sexual abuse.
Today, Tiempo de Paz operates a before and after-school program in two communities serving over 80 at-risk children including several Venezuelan refugee children. Approximately 90% of the children come from single-mother households, and this program is essential to enabling these single-parents to seek and maintain employment.
Children attend Tiempo de Paz Monday to Friday for about 4 hours a day. They begin their day with prayer and a bible story. Other elements include:
• Two daily meals
• Academic tutoring/help with assigned homework
• Music & English Lessons
• Psychological counselling support
• Recreational activities such as dance and sport.
• Sexual Abuse Prevention Lessons
• Bible studies and capacity-building workshops for parents.
• An annual spiritual retreat for children