Comuna 13, A neighborhood in transition

Though one of the poorest sectors of Medellín, Colombia with a history of multiple outbreaks of violence, Comuna 13 is undergoing a radical transformation. SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT. 

Despite the transformation, youth and teens are still at risk.

According to the system of student enrollment (SIMAT in Spanish), 90,6% of kids in Medellin go to school read more about this, but educational opportunities and facilities are still severely limited.  Moreover, there is a dearth of safe and accessible afterschool programming. For children and teens whose parents and guardians work until late, these unsupervised hours render them vulnerable.

Children in this position often get involved with groups of individuals that engage in activities that can be harmful to the children´s future and even put their lives in danger.

At Insiders Foundation, we believe that we can change the conditions of risk for vulnerable youth and teens in Comuna 13. 

We want to build a volunteer-run youth community center. The center would be a safe place where teens can pass time while their parents are not at home and offer programming in foreign languages, music, painting, and other arts. We will start with 30 students but we won't stop there we will add 70 more students in the next two years.

However, our project is more than just a community center.  We want to offer the teens of Comuna 13 a connection with people from around the world.  To that end, the project consists of two parts, the first being the community center, and the second a hostel for international volunteers. Visitors to Medellín could access affordable accommodations in exchange for leading a program for the neighborhood’s youths.   Programs would range between 3 months and 1 year in length and are subject to revision by Insiders Foundation.

To launch the Hostel and Community Center, we need 14,956 USD, which will be spent as follows:


School desk  x10 – $ 371 
Blackboard   x1   – $ 39
TV                  x1   – $ 277 
Computer     x1   – $ 374
Educational material:

Flutes               x30 – $ 226 
English books  x30 – $ 115


Bunk bed                 x7 – $ 1,355
Mattress                  x14 –$ 1,897
Towels                     x28 –$136
Washing machine  x1   –$623
Dryer                       x1   –$667
Coffee maker         x1   –$95
Sheets                     x28 –$275
Blankets                  x28 –$290 

Kitchen Supplies:

Fridge             x1 – $207
Cookware set x1 – $207

Rent           x12 months – $2,988


Salaries     x12 months – $4,358 


Desk           x1 – $73 
Chairs         x6 – $194
Printer         x1 – $89
File cabinet x1 –$100 

That is all— I hope that I can count on your help, and I hope that you know that with this, you are helping to make the world a better place to live. #behappyhelping

Help us to keep the smile of these kids!

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Insiders Foundation

Medellin, Colombia