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Colombia Exchange Program

This program is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of States, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges.

About the Program US Fellows, Phil Rincon  Program Participant Bios FAVACA Projects in Colombia

Fostering Women's Empowerment in Colombia

In September 2011, the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and Americas (FAVACA) launched a professional exchange program between the Florida and Colombia that will give civil society and government leaders from underserved communities in Colombia the knowledge and tools to build leadership capacity, address their communities’ needs and improve opportunities for women. The program will provide hands- on experience in areas such as organizational strengthening, community advocacy, and training in gang and human trafficking prevention, criminal and drug rehabilitation, job creation, and community leadership. More

US Fellow, Phil Rincon 

FAVACA began implementing the Fostering Women’s Empowerment in Colombia Professional Exchange Program with a request for capacity building on the fundamentals of organizational development from La Red. La Red is located in Tulua, Valle de Cauca, Colombia and has more than 100 member grassroots organizations across the Pacific Coast. FAVACA recruited Phil Rincon from Florida-based nonprofit Bochika to travel to Colombia December 9-23, 2011 to strengthen 80 individuals from 67 different organizations. The workshop taught participants how to be more competitive in seeking international grants, cooperate to generate new networks and prospects, and fundamental rules for transparency and sustainability. The training was also attended by local government authorities Senator Cesar Tulio Delgado Blandon and Representative Valle Henry Arcila, who shared information about local resources for attendees.

Program Participant Bios

Cindy Altamiranda

Social Communicator and Journalist from the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla Colombia. Currently she serves as the Director for the department of communications and public relations for the Federation of Non-Profit Organization of the Caribbean Coast (FEDECARIBE). She specializes in expert diagnostics of civic culture, social work, research fields, external communication,and coordination of accountability with national and international organizations.

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FAVACA Projects in Colombia

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