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The NGO's that exist in Cartagena are well funded and have fairly strict procedure when it come to their activities and the level of involvement volunteers are permitted to have. There are ways in which you can use their infrastructure to aid your project, NGO's have contacts in the community that can potentially help set up venues to host your ideas. For example, if an NGO had ties with underprivileged schools, they may help you by organising a time slot for you to give a presentation at a few of these schools and save you the hassle of trying to make these appointments yourself.

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Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli (CISP)
Financed from Italy. Established 2004.

Address: El Centro, Barrio San Diego,
Calle 2da de Badillo, #36-149, 2da Piso
[off Parque Fernando Madrid]
Director: Vittorio Chimienti
Tel: (+57) 5 664 9171/664 6827/660 2009
Internet: www.cisp-ngo.org
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Information
CISP is an office that creates projects with other NGO's to work with street children and children who are victims of sexual abuse. For information on their current project read below.

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Unión Temporal Unión Caribe - 2006
Program: Boys and Girls of the street

Established April 2006.

Director: Marcial Apablaza
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Information
This is a one year project between 5 NGO's in Cartagena that will run until April 2007. It is directed by Marical who works with a team of 11 social workers, psychologists, and pediatricians out of the office of CISP (see above). The group is split into 3 teams named Prevention; Street and; Mobile. Each group has a different function and everyday each group has a different scheduled activity.

Regular activities include; visiting areas of the city where street children/young families sleep and providing medical check-ups as well as keeping a database of the well-being and whereabouts of these people; giving prevention talks in community centres of poorer areas where children might be likely to leave their family to live on the street and; taking groups of street children/families to recreation facilities for a day and educating them about the options available to them.

The group creates an agenda of their activities every two weeks so the best thing to do would be to contact Marcial via email or by calling the office numbers of CISP around 8.00-8.30am or 5.00pm and he can let you know when there are activities you can come and help with. The teams do valuable work and are run efficiently. It is recommended that if you want to get involved, you should participate as someone helping their activities and then if you have the time and want to have some further input, ask to participate in the planning of the agenda.

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Tierra de Hombres
Financed from Switzerland.

Address: El Centro, Barrio San Diego,
Calle 2da de Badillo, #36-149, 3cer Piso
[off Parque Fernando Madrid]
Tel: (+57) 5 664 1373
Director: Veronique Henry
Internet: www.tierradehombres.org
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Information
As at 2/12/06 Tierra de Hombres did not have any active projects.

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Plan International
Financed from USA.

Address: Bosque, Diag 21 B, #53-29, Calle Asturias
Communications Manager: Eliosa Machado Mosquera
Tel: (+57) 5 662 3064
Internet: http://www.plan-international.org/wherewework/americas/colombia/
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How to get there
Buses to 'Bosque' leave going east on Calle de la Media Luna but there are several routes. One will pass right past the centre, but you'll have to ask the driver before you get on if he goes there. About between 20 and 30 minutes.

Information
Plan's office in Cartagena is predominately aimed at supporting their sponsor program, the office receives and distributes all the presents/letters sent from abroad . They also have strong connections with a number of local schools which they support financially, their other ties with the community are through volunteers who help with the organisation of their sponsor program. The delegates or volunteers in the community also design proposals for programs/activities and then the centre distributes the funds that they require. The best way to utilise this network would be to present an activity or seminar for a few days in something such as theatre. Plan would be able to organise a schedule for your activity at their 'Amigo Escuelas' (associate schools) of which there are now 23. A problem with working with a company like this are the multiple levels of administration that you must pass through in order to talk to the right person. It would be advised to start talking to the people at plan well you before you intend to be in Colombia. There are regularly english speaking workers on exchange at the office in Cartagena but you could also try and go through the office in your country.