Junta de Acción Comunal Vereda Cumbarco

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Public Statement 2016

Title Implementation of didactic strategies for citizenship training for schools, families and communities in Cumbarco, Sevilla, Valle del Cauca
Type of organization Community Organization
Country Colombia
Duration  One year
IAF Funding   $21,730
Counterpart Committed $8,382
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 170
Primary program areas Education/training

The Junta de Acción Comunal Vereda Cumbarco (JAC Cumbarco) promotes the development and well-being of residents of Cumbarco, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Founded in 1963, it advocates for the construction of infrastructure, including roads, a sewer system, health post and improvements to the local school. It also works in health and conflict resolution. JAC Cumbarco has a general assembly of all 510 residents and is governed by a board of seven directors elected every four years. An important accomplishment in recent years has been its leadership in the draft of a plan for development in collaboration with the other three grassroots organizations in Cumbarco. The plan, which took a year to complete, included residents’ identification of Cumbarco’s assets and needs, an assessment of participating organizations, an inventory of nearby public and private organizations, and the prioritization of next steps. JAC Cumbarco has given residents an opportunity to create a venue for discussions that influence municipal decisions and also for working together, sharing knowledge, forging alliances and developing a shared vision for the future of their community. It has worked closely with departmental authorities, the departmental coffee growers committee (Comité Departamental de Cafeteros), the municipal government and Fundación Smurfit.

Project Description
The Junta de Acción Comunal de Cumbarco (JAC Cumbarco) will promote a culture of citizenship and peace by offering training and convening public discussions in Cumbarco, municipality of Sevilla, Valle del Cauca, among families, schools and the community. The project will reach 170 students and their families, teachers and members of grassroots organizations, and indirectly impact an additional 340 residents of Cumbarco.

Rationale for Funding
Grassroots organizations and nongovernmental organizations have an important role in building peace in Colombia. As Colombians begin to imagine a future without conflict, these organizations and their members must have their voices and proposals heard. To do this, they must have tools and spaces for learning and sharing, in this way building trust and relationships of mutual support among each other and with other actors in the country.

Learning Opportunity
This grant adds to a cohort of projects that support peace-building efforts at the grassroots level. The grant will give IAF the opportunity to learn about how building trust and relationships of mutual support between grantee partners and other actors in the country can be a first step towards national reconciliation. These grants will also help the Foundation to learn how to more effectively respond at scale to challenging opportunities such as the peace process in Colombia.