Mission
For a new generation

Through the “Pedagogy of Love”, which permeates all the activities carried out, IMAGINA wants to contribute to the integral development of children and adolescents from vulnerable communities through extra-curricular educational activities that helps them to grow integrally as happy, autonomous, ethical and participatory individuals.

Vision
For a better society
By 2025, IMAGINA will have consolidated the “Pedagogy of Love” as a formative method capable of contributing to the integral development of girls, boys and adolescents of vulnerable communities so that they are creative, critical, responsible, honest, cheerful, hardworking and caring human beings; IMAGINA also hopes to have consolidated pedagogical and social model that promote citizens committed to positive change that will allow them to be productive, contributing members of society in which they can thrive with dignity. 
Social Objective
With the vulnerable population
Corporación Imagina Quindío is a private non-profit organization, whose objective is to contribute to the integral development of girls, boys and adolescents in vulnerable communities, through educational, artistic, sports, recreational, playful and extra-curricular activities, academic accompaniment, personal development and growth, as well as training in business, public policy management and all kinds of activities that promote the integral development of the families and communities where these groups of people live.
History
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IMAGINA was born on November 1, 1998, two (2) years before it was established as a non-profit organization, as a support program for 7 children…

Our History

IMAGINA was born on November 1, 1998, two (2) years before it was established as a non-profit organization, as a support program for 7 children from “La Vieja Libertad” neighborhood in Armenia (Colombia). Due to the family and social problems of the surrounding neighborhoods and the favorable acceptance by the community, the number of children grew, making it necessary to increase the number of volunteers and get a larger space. This is how, thanks to the support of friends and families, we were able to rent a house that would allow us to better serve the children and their families. In May 2010, after two (2) years of having started activities, we obtained legal status, constituting ourselves as a corporation, a non-profit entity, named Corporación IMAGINA Quindío.

Annually, an average of 60 children and adolescents attend IMAGINA. Each year we have the support of a good number of volunteers, mostly professional adults, interns/trainees from local universities, as well as young high school students who provide social service. Funding and support is made possible thanks to the help from families, friends and neighbors, and social leadership carried out by the same corporation, that is, activities that are implemented to raise funds. It is an effort of all who participate somehow with IMAGINA. The condition to enter this program is that children are enrolled in school, so they attend the schedule contrary to their class day. This is beneficial because they occupy their free time with academic reinforcement, learning crafts, music, playing sports, and playful recreation, etc. They also benefit from workshops in physical, oral and mental health. We try to distance them from current problems in their communities such as drug addiction, family violence, prostitution, and school desertion, among others.


Philosophy
We always imagine a better future
In IMAGINA we are convinced that, as members of society, we have the responsibility to contribute to the development of a more just and solidary world…

Our philosophy

In IMAGINA we are convinced that, as members of society, we have the responsibility to contribute to the development of a more just and solidary world. We intend to do this by helping to generate a social imaginary based on the “Pedagogy of Love”, which contributes to seeing the other human being as one like me. In fact we start from the slogan: “the other, another me”; this imaginary that is built with a specific didactic, in which everyone (volunteers, support staff, families, children, beneficiaries) internalizes the principle through the small actions that we carry out on a daily basis.

This awareness of small daily actions, allows gradually changing the concept of responsibility, work and social assistance, which in many cases is understood as welfare and generates asymmetric relationships. In this case, a social imaginary is generated based on the value of reciprocity in relationships, producing an awareness of fraternity. As a result, the view point of the benefactors as well as the beneficiaries changes and we can see ourselves as a unique team in which each one works from the perspective of being able to give, to contribute in the construction and visualization of the great human family. The consequence of this action is the construction of a more just, inclusive and equitable society, committed to building a world, where everyone has a place and opportunities for development and dignity of life.

LOVE is the value that moves us to work for our Mission and is the best “method” to make the beneficiaries whole and happy. That is why; LOVE is present in the school and extracurricular support activities we offer.

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Added Values

  • Gratuity 100%
  • No legal or bureaucratic requirements to access services.
  • No membership requirements with any public entity of the social or private security system.
  • There is no discrimination for any reason: neither for the origin, place of origin, religion or race.
  • The support of an interdisciplinary team of volunteers and professionals in physical health, oral health, mental health, education, arts, use of free leisure time, recreation, sports and legal advice.

Gender equality
In 1948 the UN proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…”. In this spirit we strive so that girls, boys and adolescents have the opportunity to develop their athletic skills that help them care for and value their bodies, and also be treated with dignity and respect. Dance, Karate and Gymnastics are some of the activities we offer for them…

Gender equality

In 1948 the UN proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…”. In this spirit we strive so that girls, boys and adolescents have the opportunity to develop their athletic skills that help them care for and value their bodies, and also be treated with dignity and respect. Dance, Karate and Gymnastics are some of the activities we offer for them.

In this same way sense, we encourage motivate and support families’ mothers to continue their education. Many mothers have not finished high school and to get it completed we have the collaboration of the Institute “Eduardo Caballero Calderón”. In this institution, mothers can validate their High School Diploma the baccalaureate and thus have the possibility of accessing programs in jobs trades that can generate better economic income.

Workshops with girls, boys, adolescents and their families also allow awareness of gender equality.

Strategies

  • Working directly with families who live in the most vulnerable communities.
  • Emotionally and psychologically supporting the beneficiaries.
  • Supporting academically and in a personalized way the beneficiaries.
  • Helping to develop the artistic, athletic and academic skills of the beneficiaries.
  • Involving parents in the processes.
  • Searching alliances and networks.
  • Generating knowledge of reality.
  • Seeking to influence public policies.

Our Team
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Diego López Giraldo - Musical Coordinator

Diego has studies in music, pedagogy and culture. He has been a teacher of different levels: preschool, elementary and middle school for more than 35 years. He has also studied folkloric dances, direction for children’s choirs, musical instrumentation, strings and soprano flute. He studied at the Catholic University of Manizales, the University of Quindío, as well as professionalization courses at the Ministry of Culture, Centro Experimental Piloto del Quindío,  Sena Regional Quindío and Fundanza Quindío. As a musical instructor at the School of Music of Comfenalco Quindío for more than fourteen (14) years, he has won prizes at various music festivals. He worked for nine (9) years as a musical instructor for elementary school teachers in the municipality of Calarcá, Quindío. He is currently the musical coordinator of Corporacion Imagina and a member of the Jesus and Marie Choir of the City of Armenia.
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Alex David Osorio Taborda - Soccer Coordinator

Alex, as we call him in Imagina, has a degree in Physical Education and Sports from the University of Quindío. He is currently working at the IMDERA (Municipal Institute of Sports and Recreation of Armenia), in the area of ​​recreation, physical activity and sports. He has studied at Sena in fields related to first aid and recreation. He works with older adults, directed recreation for different IMDERA events and sports and soccer schools. He stands out as someone who has a very good relationship with children, youth, and seniors. He is the Soccer Coordinator of Corporacion Imagina.

Gloria Inés López Quintero

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Co-Founder and Director - gloria.l@corporacionimagina.org

Gloria Inés, “Yoya”, as the children warmly call her, finished her university studies at the University of Quindío and graduated in Early Childhood Education in 1992. She was a music and dance teacher at the Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Armenia. In addition, she worked as a professor at the Instituto Fonoaudiológico de Calarcá INFAC, a non-formal institution for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and / or intellectual disabilities. His responsibility was to provide the students with  tools to perform well in the work setting, and effectively linking them to the family and society in an active and productive way. She also worked in the administrative area at the  ​​La Lonja de Propiedad Raíz del Quindío. Since 2008, she has led Corporacion Imagina with great dedication and love, opening up new horizons, expanding volunteer programs and the number of children and families that participate in our programs.

Guillermo López Quintero

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Co-Founder and President - guillermo.l@corporacionimagina.org

Guillermo graduated with a degree in Social Communication with an emphasis in Development from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, where he also had studies in Philosophy. He holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from Brandeis University in Massachusetts (USA). He worked at the Fundacion Social as a research assistant in the documentary program for television on constitutional pedagogy. For many years he worked full time at the Central de Juventudes in leadership programs for young people and communities. For eight (8) years he worked at the International Youth Foundation (IYF) as Program Manager in the “entra21” program for the Americas. He is a consultant for different organizations on youth and development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2008 he started the Imagina project and is his Co-Founder and President since 2010 when it was legally incorporated as a non-profit organization.
Our Volunteers
  • Amanda López Vallejo, Tasks / Reinforcements / Pedagogical Counseling
  • Carlos Arturo Rendón Álvarez, Mathematics, Accounting Support
  • Gladys Serna Arbeláez, Tasks / Reinforcements / Pedagogical Counseling
  • Jenny Perdomo A, Tasks / Reinforcements / Pedagogical Counseling
  • Jorge Darío Morales Hoyos, Reading and Writing Reinforcement
  • María Elena Botero Mejía, Tasks / Reinforcements / Pedagogical Counseling
  • María Florencia Gallo Martínez, Tasks / Reinforcements / Pedagogical Counseling
  • María Luisa López Quintero, Homework support/ Accounting
  • María Mercedes Velásquez Santos, Tasks / Reinforcements / Pedagogical Counseling
  • Martha Lucia Díaz V, Social Worker
  • Martha Luz Jiménez Escobar, Tasks / Reinforcements / Pedagogical Counseling
  • Magnolia Martínez C, Accountant
  • Myriam Hoyos V, Tasks / Reinforcements / Pedagogical Counseling
  • Olga Lucia Buitrago, Tasks / Reinforcements / Pedagogical Counseling
  • Rubiela Hernández García, Tasks / Reinforcements / Pedagogical Counseling
  • Samuel Gaitán Arias, Math