We are Amigos del Mar (Friends of the Sea) and we are more than a foundation, we are a community formed by 55 families from Tierrabomba Island, plus hundreds of collaborators and volunteers from around the world which want to make a better world through sport, education and ecology.
On the last ten years, Foundation Amigos del Mar, has coordinating several social programs, included educational reinforcement, water sports training, recycling, entrepreneurship, beach cleanings, students sponsorship and international volunteering. Since the beginning of the pandemic, all of those program have been replaced for a single mission: To bring groceries and hygienic materials to the population
More than half of the Tierra Bomba homes are in extreme poverty conditions, and a few less in a moderate poverty. Although the island is located beside the touristic Cartagena de Indias, it has not basic services as aqueduct, natural gas or sewerage and its electric system is strongly unstable. Furthermore, the town is suffering erosion due to sea level rise. There are more socio-historical deficiencies that afflicted the life-quality of a population which economy is mostly informal-subsistence economy (fishing, boat transportation, tourism and peddling). On a familiar level, many cases of abandonment of the home by one or both parents are detected.
Since last march, Tierrabomba population is confined and no one is authorized to enter or leave the island. Due to dictated confinement and tourism interruption, people from the island haven't any kind of economic activity, and they are totally dependent on outside assistance to get the basic products for subsistence.
With the support of the Colombian army and the Cartagena police, we have a supply route to the island from the mainland of Cartagena. Now, we need help to go shopping at the market.
Main features and goals of the crowdfunding campaign
Amigos del Mar is also a creative community that creates murals, photography, art recycling and recently we launched into the world of cinema creating our first short film written, directed and starred by ourselves and filming fully on the island. We want to share it with you.
We are not exactly thinking in receive donations, Los Amigos del mar have been working hard in our first movie “Children Island” and we are very proud about the result. For that, we offer you the chance to see this work in exchange for a little economic support that will be used to help the families of the kids that perform on the movie and their friends from the foundation.
So if you support us, you will receive a digital ticket, with an access code that will allow you to see the movie as many times you want during June.
-Raise funds for the basic food basket of 50 families for one month
-Raise funds for the purchase of necessary materials in the manufacture of masks
-To publicize the situation of children in the Tierra Bomba community
-Socialize the work of the Amigos del Mar Foundation
Why this is important
Like always, Amigos del Mar wants to help kids from Tierrabomba to build a better future. This time the challenge is bigger than ever. We count on you, our collaborators, sponsors and volunteers that have been there, sharing foundation's work, you that know in person the needs of the community and the potential from the childhood on the island.
Collaborate with your contribution and share this campaign with your contacts.
Support Children’s Island.
Team and experience
After ten years working in Tierrabomba, the foundation has a great experience, is an important figure in the community and has a good reputation in the zone. It's programs included the manage of a surf team that train several national and international champions, free training in exchange for schooling for kids and young, international sponsorship program, beach cleaning actions and recycling, international volunteer program and manage a hostel for volunteers and an educational space, La Escuelita de los Sueños (Little School of dreams), were the recycling workshops, surf team meetings and sewing workshop are located.
On the last months, due to the interruption of economy and people’s confinement, all programs are stopped and the Foundation’s work is focused in fundraising and food delivery.
Pedro Salazar (Colombia)
Entrepreneur and sportsman who ten years ago moved to Tierrabomba and saw clearly that his live purpose has to be work to improve kid's lives and transform the community.
Charlie Moore (England)
Audiovisual producer specialized in music industry from London. Since several years he travels for several months to Tierrabomba for share his knowledge and his work with Amigos del Mar.
Miguel Ángel Jordán (España)
Acting coach and cultural manager who has been working several years in the Spanish International Development Agency in Guatemala and Colombia.