Let me tell you a story…

A few years ago we became pals with a group of kiddos who lived in an orphanage right behind our house.  We had some fabulous water fights, ping-pong matches, soccer, movie nights, cook-outs… total madness.  They would even ask us to take them to our [Evangelical] church on Sundays , mostly because they didn’t want to stay bored at home; and because at church they could drink all the coffee they wanted, with lots of sugar!

At church, there were some families who embraced them and others who didn’t.  Of the first ones, some made promises to them that never came true.  Of the ones who rejected them, some even decided to leave church so that their own children wouldn’t be in the same youth group with “those kids”.

I scratched my head, because in the Bible God asks us dozens of times to care for the orphans and the widows and the foreigners.  He says that that is the true religion.

Then I talked to the neighborhood priest, and asked if he could invite these kids to his church on Sundays, since some of them were not authorized to come to my [Evangelical] church.  The priest scolded me for having dared invited them to my church without asking if they had been baptized in the [Catholic] church.  He later apologized, but never invited the kids.

I kept scratching my head.

As they grew, they also grew on us, to the point we felt them as family: like cousins.  And when the two first ones came close to 18, we found out about the shock that awaited them: the protection system exits them, which means that they are sent away to live life as adults, but without the basic skills to survive as such.

Stubborn as we are, we decided that this time the church had to do something.  And ever since, Fundacion Comunidad Viva has been dedicated to empowering local churches to become agents of social and spiritual transformation—with a big focus on the lives of these youths. They have tons of potential, but are very limited due to the lack of support networks and the disregard of their rights.

Together, we can restore ties, weave hope!

Jorge Enciso
Strategic Director

The Enciso Harder Family

The Enciso Harder Family has had the privilege of seeing the Foundation grow alongside their children. In fact, many of the Foundation’s programs have started with one of them, giving the work its organic character. It was in Memphis where they learned the dynamics of community development, but in reality, they carry it in their veins – family tradition, the love of working with communities from a perspective centered on the gospel of love and peacebuilding.

OUR TEAM

Ginny Harder
Ginny Harder

Life-Process Director

Ginny sees to it that the integration of the SALE component of our strategy (Social, Academic, Work-skills and Emotional/Spiritual) runs smooth and updated. She is also in charge of the implementation of the TBRI® model (Trust-Based Relational Intervention).

Leidy Salamanca

Life-Process Direction Assistant

Leidy runs the Cousins interviews upon entering the program. She also does the follow-up to each process and outlines intervention routes for each individual case.

Martha Coral

Life-Process Direction Assistant

Martha makes sure each cousin has what they need in terms of health insurance, housing, employment, etc., as they transition from an institutional life to an independent one. She is the first-aid filter to go from vulnerability to primary care.

Janneth Parrado

Social Manager

Janneth detects needs and comes up with ideas and strategies to solve them, involving local community resources. She runs the San Antonio Community Center, and designs and implements contents for the emotional skills training of our cousins.

Santiago Leiva

Social Manager

Santiago develops and teaches pedagogic content for the academic skills training of our cousins. He also accompanies specific processes of our cousins.

Daniel Pérez

Executive Director

Daniel connects the multiple fronts of the Foundation so that it runs as a well-oiled machine. He leads team work and oversees our missional efficiency.

Liber Alturo

Executive Direction Assistant

Liber oversees the reaction chain from idea to implementation, including the financial, logistic and pastoral component. He is present at every gear turn.

Liber David Alturo

Accounting Assistant

Liber David supports book-keeping and also participates from the different safe spaces provided for the emotional health of at-risk youth.

Betzabeth Delgado

Social Manager

Betzabeth oversees the day-to-day of the Community Center, ensuring that it remains a safe space for learning and emotional well-being.

Jorge Enciso

Strategic Director

Jorge connects FCV’s mission to local and global resources that make possible for the programs to grow. He also leads the sustainable growth of the vision.

Paola Pineda

Strategic Direction Assistant

Paola scans vulnerability patterns and develops tools to sistematize the information. She also designs models for long-term, sustainable solutions.

Marcela Cristancho

Social Manager

Marcela calls, corrdinates, invents, connects, schedules. She makes ideas come true. And we have lots of ideas! She also accompanies specific processes of our cousins.

Francys Sánchez

Social Manager

Francys is in charge of building safe spaces in her community in Maracay, Venezuela, where she also leads a house church. As a migrant in Bogota, she learned FCV’s work-model and is now working in the restoration of the social fabric in her local community back in the Aragua province.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ryan Cain, Luisa Valero, Dave Broucek, Hillary Merwin, Ken Massey, Gary Monds, Jorge Enciso

Junta Directiva