About us

What we do

Proyecto Florecer disrupts the status quo. We are a social enterprise based in Medellin, Colombia that creates generational change by promoting self-sustainability for the populations we serve. We provide educational programs that serve the local community.

We follow a model of “education in action” and practical application in real world scenarios. Our programs also create an environment of social inclusion for marginalized and at-risk Colombians and Venezuelans and a space for cross-cultural exchange between program participants and an international community of interns and volunteers.

We empower the families we work with to practice the skills they learn in our programs with each other at home.

Why our work matters

There may be no better place in the world to run a social enterprise with a 10-year Impact Plan than Medellín, Colombia.

The communities we serve are vibrant with love and social connections but scarce on economic resources. Parents struggle to put food on the table and often don’t have resources to buy even the most basic school supplies for their children. Families are important but often there’s no father in the home or involved in the children’s lives. All of this  perpetuates cycles of gender inequality, premature pregnancy, and poverty.

One way or another, every participant in our programs has suffered some kind of trauma: abandonment, sexual violence, exile from their social structure, etc. According to the World Bank’s Gini Index, Colombia ranks #7 in the world for the greatest income disparity, making it nearly impossible for them to pull themselves up the ladder to economic stability. Providing higher education to their children seems unsurmountable. This creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure.

According to the World Bank’s Gini Index, Colombia ranks #7 in the world for the greatest income disparity, making it nearly impossible for women to pull themselves up the ladder to economic stability. Providing higher education to their children seems unsurmountable. This creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure.

Proyecto Florecer breaks a link in this chain by providing tools to build resiliency, hope and stronger family ties through our workshops and education programs.

Proyecto Florecer breaks a link in this chain by offering participants  tools and insights to navigate life’s complexities with grace and resilience. We offer access to community, education, and resources that heal, nourish, and uplift. 

Our goal

Our goal is for our participants to become role models and catalysts for positive change within their families and social circles and strengthen the social fabric of Medellin by promoting solidarity, mutual respect, and collective well-being.