We base our work in the city of Medellin, Colombia, around two different lines:
We seek to make the homeless population in downtown Medellín visible to other citizens by creating different strategies to face this social phenomenon.
We create environments that contribute to building the life projects of children in vulnerable situations, through workshops based on art and culture.
Who are we?
Fundación Visibles emerged from a collective initiative of students and hard working professionals who, after feeling bewildered and touched by the indifference towards some populations, decided to face some of these realities in their city. Beginning by walking through the streets in downtown Medellin, we identified the convergence of two main problems in the same place: homelessness and internal displacement. It is possible for a same human being, adult or child, to gather the distinctive characteristics of both realities, making his situation harder to deal with. From this point, we started working with the children of the Colon neighbourhood in downtown Medellin, and expanded our interventions to other areas and populations in the metropolitan area of the Aburra Valley
All our programs and projects are designed based on our Integral Methodological Scheme for Social Inclusion. This document establishes research as the main tool to get to an integral understanding of a social phenomenon, which in turn allows us to structure activities that have a high positive impact in the populations we work with.
In 2013 we were formalized as a non-profit organization and we have worked since then to make the problems of populations in vulnerable situations visible. We say “in vulnerable situations” because we believe them to be capable people whose abilities are affected by their context.