CONSTRUCTORS OF PEACE

CONSTRUCTORS OF PEACE

“These events overflooded my sense of humanity. Yes, in the deepest of my being, a great challenge set root; a challenge which in that moment perhaps only was nostalgia, but which day by day turned into my most important objective—the objective which I fight for today. An objective liberated from peace retorics, but filled with humbleness and novelty provided by God, who has always guided me.
Gerson took action, writing a peace proposal and song entitled “Constructors of Peace of Peace.” He presented this to the media, and his voice began to be heard. Even before reaching his teen years, he was already moving boldly into the challenging, complex arena of pro-active humanitarian service. Due to the dedication of Gerson, many other children, and supporting adults the following occurred:Gerson walked through these doors, following his calling, to the Hague Appeal for Peace, and onward to numerous conferences, events, forums, and meetings, where he spoke and participated in various manners. He was awarded the 1999 Global Youth Award for Peace and Tolerance, and the National Peace Award for his outstanding efforts.https://www.constructorsofpeace.org/en/quienes-somos/

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  • When Gerson Andres Florez Perez was just eleven years old his life changed in a flash. That flash happened to be a land-mine exploding, killing a girl in eastern Colombia. Observing the news recount this tragedy, and another of the same nature ten days later stirred his heart. In his own words (all following quotes):

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“LET’S GO TO THE CUP”

“LET’S GO TO THE CUP”

Participating in local, national, and international tournaments allows us to understand that the participation of boys, girls, and young adolescents is a process of inclusion which allows changing their realities, attitudes and thoughts.

It doesn’t only the vision of the outside world of those who participate directly, but also of those who share their experiences with them, thus creating a mutual and positive synergy.

LET’S GO TO THE CUP, it is not just playing, it is being a LEADER … an AMBASSADOR, a CULTURAL ATTACHÉ of our regions and our country.

The sense of playing as a team broadens, they are panorama and their perspective for the construction of their new life project in peace.

  • Children and youth at risk of vulnerability, being immersed in the different social scourges to which they are exposed on a daily basis, are directly and indirectly benefited through our project “LET´S GO TO THE CUP" which allows us to link children and young people of both genders, in order to improve their social environment using soccer as a tool for peace.

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