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Juggling the Streets

Prácticas artísticas, culturales y deportivas
Pereira - Risaralda

What does Juggling the Streets do?
Jimmy Abello is the founder and leader of the project ‘Juggling the Streets’, which benefits around 50 boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 14 in a situation of homelessness. Juggling the Streets is an initiative which looks to improve attention to boys, girls and teenagers in homeless situations. Jimmy Abello, founder and leader of the project, makes night travels through the streets of Pereira and invites boys, girls and teenagers who are consuming psychoactive substances, who are victims of sexual and work exploitation in the streets, to go to the House of Dreams, a space created to give dignified conditions to this vulnerable population which has not received enough attention from the State and is in constant danger. In this space, boys, girls and teenagers may take breakfast, lunch or dinner and also receive art, music, yoga and literature lessons, amongst other things. All this with the aim of providing a new life alternative for these boys and youth who live in the streets of Pereira.

How does this generate an impact?

This Project generates a very positive impact on the community because it gives an opportunity for many boys, girls and teenagers who manage to leave the streets thanks to Jimmy´s effort. Juggling the Streets also has alliances in different schools so that they can study and have a different future.

How has RECON supported Juggling the Streets?

It was one of the 18 finalists of the RECON 2017 contest, and thus obtained participation in two training courses: The first was in Value Transformation with the Dalai Lama Center of MIT, the second was for the strengthening of the social business model, training which was in charge of Impact Hub, Athena and RECON.

Furthermore, it has been seen on the RECON platform and other media such as El Tiempo, El País, El Diario amongst other regional media.