As the work carried out in 2010 with the beneficiary population of the "Como pez en el agua" project progresses, Fondacio Colombia becomes aware of a particular problem for teenagers: young people becoming teens, are no longer falling within the scope of the proposed activities, and find themselves once again left to their own devices, with no interesting alternative to spend their free time.
They then end up staying on the street where they run the risk of being exposed to drugs and delinquency. Fondacio has understood the need to prevent this risk.
The OASISproject was born in September 2010 with the aim of offering a place that can welcome these adolescents, during their free time, when they are not at school, but also mothers and grandmothers involved in education. Over the years and meetings, the Oasis project has opened up to other beneficiaries and diversified its activities.
Today, Oasis is active in fields as diverse as children's education, the environment and housing improvement.
In Fondacio Colombia, there are also projects related to the spiritual identity of our organization.
The "JUNA" youth group consists of 8 members between 18 and 26 years old, students and young professionals. In training since October 2017, they recently participated in the World Youth Days in Panama, from 17 to 28 January 2019.
The "Intimacy with God" Group is dedicated to spiritual formation and the practice of the Lectio Divina. It is about strengthening friendship with Jesus through the exchange and sharing with others and deepening the Kerygma. The Group is working hand-in-hand with the Archdiocese of Bogotá to implement "Plan E", an evangelization plan proposed by the Church to move from a pastoral ministry to a missionary evangelization, outside the walls of the Church, thus more in harmony with what God wants from us and with the reality of the city of Bogota.
A "Direction that makes Sens" is a group of 15 leaders of social organizations, which is accompanied by two members of Fondacio. The goal is to encourage everyone to develop their talents in order to make their respective actions an expression of God's love and build a more humane and just world.
Hello, my name is Arnaud, I am 24 years old and I have just spent 9 months in Oasis in the Habitat project.
My best memory in Oasis I think was the house building we did on Saturday mornings. I think that being all together, getting up early, and then finding yourself in the middle of the mountain building houses in one day, like that, were pretty unique moments.
Especially since we were playing music, the family was cooking, there were people bringing their friends back... It was a great time and I will really keep them in mind.
Oasis in a word? Friendship
I have just spent 9 months in Oasis in the Education project.
What I liked best about the Education project was the team spirit. Even if there could be tensions like any team sometimes, it was nice to be able to share. Sometimes the days can be long, especially when you take care of children all day long, it can be tiring. Then being able to share with the team once everyone has left, to be able to take stock and see that everyone feels a little bit the same, it allows you to evacuate!
My best memory in Oasis is when we finally took out the trampoline that was hidden behind a cupboard at the back of the storage room to install it in the middle of the main room. I think the best moment was when all the children came in and saw the trampoline... there were stars in their eyes, they were so happy! And even seeing them on the trampoline is something they didn't have and it's beautiful.
My name is Eléonore I am 23 years old, and I have just spent 9 months in Oasis in the Environment project.
So the Environment project aims to ensure that citizens reclaim their local environment through 3 projects. One, the development of urban vegetable gardens. Two, assistance to the recyclers' cooperative. And three, the creation of a soap creation activity based on used oils that are recycled.
My best memories in Oasis were the connections we could make with the people in the neighbourhood. For example, one Sunday morning I went to install compost at a local lady's house with her whole family. Afterwards we shared a meal together, so it is really these bonds that we create that are the most beautiful memories.
Colombia has posted solid and steady growth over the 2007-2017 decade and has a relatively diversified economy. With a nominal GDP of USD 337 billion in 2018 (around USD 6,661 per capita), the country is positioning itself as the 4th largest economy in Latin America.
The country has significant resources in energy raw materials: about 7 years of oil reserves (production is however down 3.5% on average in 2017 compared to the average of 2016); 30 years of coal reserves (11th largest producer and 5th largest exporter). Despite their weight, the Colombian economy shows a certain degree of diversification, even if Colombia's agricultural and agri-food potential is very important and remains under-exploited, due to lack of investment (22 M ha of arable land, of which only 23% currently exploited).
In 2017, GDP growth reached + 1.8% (after + 2% in 2016), led by the agricultural sector, financial services and social services. On the other hand, the year was marked by a recession in the mining and manufacturing sectors, as well as the poor orientation of construction. In the second quarter of 2018, GDP growth was 2.8%, boosted by professional and scientific services, agriculture & fisheries and public administration, while mining and construction sectors continued their downward trend.
The current account, structurally deficit, improved in 2017, to - 3.3% of the GDP. At $ 39.4 billion, Colombian exports increased by 15.8% in 2017 (against + 2.3% for imports). The main key export positions are hydrocarbons, coffee, precious stones and metals, floriculture, plastics and fruit. The main trading partners of the country are the United States, China, the European Union, Mexico, Ecuador and Chile. In this context, export and budgetary revenues are largely dependent on the prices of energy commodities and the international situation.
Thanks to a favorable business climate (legal framework, labor force training, investment protection), an openly liberal economic policy, and new development opportunities offered by the peace agreement with the FARC , the country should be able to sustainably maintain its attractiveness for foreign direct investment (FDI), especially to help diversify the structure of the economy.
Colombia joined the OECD on May 30, 2018, after five years of accession process. This is the accomplishment of the second great goal of the outgoing President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos, after the signing of the peace agreement with the FARC. With this decision, the OECD recognizes the many reforms undertaken by Colombia for this accession. However, a demanding roadmap for reform has been set by the OECD. They must be conducted in the coming years.