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IntegrArte: Integration and Protection Program for People in Migratory Situation

Promote the integration, well-being, and development of the creative potential of people in a condition of migrants and returnees

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

We are the TAAP Foundation, and through the IntegrArte project, we are going to improve the integration, well-being, and development of the creative potential of Venezuelan in a condition of migrants and returnees in Colombia. The beneficiaries will be a group of 200 local leaders and 2000 migrants who left Venezuela due to the humanitarian crisis arrive in Colombia without resources. After they come, their situation became worse because they need to overcome the migratory grief, and they don't know how to do it. Using arts, communication for development, and learning through play, IntegrArte provides to the migrants with tools and strategies to overcome their situation. Additionally, they learn about the culture of the receptor community to promote integration and to create a new life project for them and their families. Confronting and preventing violence and xenophobia in the environment of migrants requires the implementation of programs that include specialized intervention methodologies. The TAAP methodology break the patterns of violence in the localities generating changes in individuals, families, schools, and communities and creating bridges between the migrants and their host communities. People will find about us via the grassroots organizations and local leaders who are already working with them. And they can be part of our programs in the schools and communities without any requirement of documentation or payment. During the IntegrArte project, each of the actors identified in the ecosystem will receive training in topics related to immigration grieving, Children's Rights, Human Rights, ethics, empathy, respect, conflict resolution, peace-building, soft skills, among other fundamental elements for the prevention of risks. After being part of the project, they will feel more confident, secure, and they'll develop their creative potential. Our next steps contribute to solving one of the biggest challenges in Colombia: integration.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

The project will be focuses on the communities with the higher rates of migrants and displaced in Colombia: North of Santander, la Guajira, Cartagena (Bolívar), Santa Marta (Atlántico) y Bogotá. The project addresses the need for attention in these municipalities where are concentrated the most significant number of children, adolescents and women, and where municipal infrastructure and resources do not they are enough to solve the situations that arise due to the increase in density population.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

IntegrArte is composed of a series of experiences designed to address migratory grief, respect, xenophobia, and integration. The process allows them to observe, know, and express their ideas without feeling pressured. By sharing their views and seeing that each person is different, the individual learns to tolerate different ways of thinking, and from that process, the methodology encourages him to put himself in the place of another person, to be empathetic and to co-create a future together.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

When people become migrants or displaced, require spaces where they can feel safe, where they understand that it is the migratory duel and how to overcome it. They need not only to satisfy their basic needs but to maintain hope and be able to imagine a new life project and have the energy needed to undertake it. IntegrArte project generates those safe spaces so that migrants and displaced people develop their potential, overcome the complexity of their situation, and begin to understand their receiving communities to integrate themselves and improve their well-being. Through art, creativity, dialogue, and play, we generate experiences that benefit migrants and integrates them into their new home. Integration is especially essential to prevent behaviors such as xenophobia, sexual exploitation, labor exploitation, or recruitment in armed groups and criminal gangs. The IntegrArte project will promote the integration and well-being of Venezuelans in a condition of migrants and returnees

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

Training workshops are the keys of the project because, through them, the promotion and prevention of specific risks will be carried out, development of life skills and citizen competencies, strengthening of protective environments, as well as systematizing the experience recommendations for improvement and replication. The beneficiaries will work with topics such as empathy, respect, emotion management, diversity, integration through creative processes that will allow the development of their alternative thinking as well as the appropriation of public space through cultural practices. Parents and teachers will recognize themselves as co-responsible actors in the protection of children and adolescents, will understand how to promote respect for the rights of children and adolescents in migratory situations, and will break with the normalization patterns of violence that generate the appearance of new risk factors.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

Colombia is the first recipient of Venezuelan migrants, and due to this crisis, it became the second country with more migrants in the world after Turkey. In May 2019, the official number of Venezuelans in Colombia amounted to 1,860,000, and it is estimated that by the end of 2019, the figure exceeds 3 million people, of which 45% are children and young people. IntegrArte strengthens family systems, school, community, public and community space, as protective environments in the integral development of migrant children, adolescents, and women. The spaces for dialogue, empathy, and co-creation create bridges between migrants and the members of the host communities, which allow them to integrate and live peacefully for their well-being and that of their families. Being a migrant to have these spaces is essential not to lose the dignity, hope, and energy that is required to start a new life. And the training of the host communities allow to prevent xenophobia and other risks.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

The communities that expect to address the IntegrArte project are complex because not only are Venezuelan migrant families in need of support and attention for their integration in Colombia, Colombian victims of the armed conflict who are still vulnerable are also displaced there. The biggest challenges identified for the care of migrants include the nutritional issue and health, its integration into the school system, xenophobia, school violence, sexual exploitation and overcoming migratory grief especially in the case of families that have had to separate and children who have arrived in Colombia without their parents. The sex trafficking of Venezuelan children and adolescents is particularly widespread along the northern border of Colombia. Venezuelan children are being rented to beg in the in the streets and hired as workers. In many of the cases presented, these children were separated from their families and became victims of sexual and labor exploitation.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

In the project, we have three axes of action that allow us to generate impact by working directly with grassroots organizations in the communities, making experiences of communication for development and creating learning ecosystems, in this way, protective environments are created for migrants, and they are provided with tools to overcome migratory grief and avoid xenophobia. Fundación TAAP has developed these types of projects in Colombia since 2015 and therefore recognizes the creative power of migrant communities, who, by working together with the receiving communities, can develop their potential and start over. Colombia is the second recipient of migrants after Turkey, and our host communities understand the migration as an opportunity for development, but they ask for support, training, and tools to be the best host that they can be. IntegrArte will give them those elements.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Currently, the TAAP Foundation works directly with grassroots organizations in the communities where it develops its programs and with the authorities responsible for the migration issue in Colombia. The IntegrArte program will be developed with the support of the ICBF (Colombian Institute of Family Welfare), the Government of the North of Santander, the Mayor's Office of Bogotá, the local district schools and grassroots organizations that develop programs in the territory. The program is aligned with the plans of the Border Management Department created by the President of Colombia to create the strategies to solve the challenges related to the migration. We work with them to increase the impact of our programs, empowering the host communities, and creating social bonds between them and the migrants.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Early Adoption: We have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have proof of user uptake (i.e. 16% to 49% of the target population or 1,000 to 50,000 users).

Group or Organization Name

Fundación TAAP - Taller de Aprendizaje para las Artes y el Pensamiento

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

We are an organization that uses the arts, educational innovation and learning through games to promote more peaceful environments for families, schools and communities in Latin America. Since 2008 we develop community intervention projects and training programs with a direct impact on children, youth, parents, and teachers. These programs are the basis for the formulation of solutions to the problems of violence in the communities. We train trainers, accompany institutions and companies in the development and execution of their Social Responsibility programs for the construction of peace and for integrate migrant population, and participate in the formulation of public policies that promote peaceful coexistence through education. Our founders are displaced. They leave Venezuela in 2014 after received threats for our work to disarm your people there. Since that time, we work to develop programs to support and receive the Venezuelan migrants in Colombia and Latam.

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Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country


Organization Headquarters: City / State

Bogota, DC.

In preparation for expert feedback: What are three unanswered questions or challenges that you could use support on in these categories? These questions will be answered directly by experts matched specifically to your idea. (600 characters)

1. In your experience what are the most effective tools for train the trainers? 2. Could you share information about high impact strategies to share information about social programs? 3. Which are the major challenges that you find working with migrants in vulnerable communities?

Did you use the resources offered during the Improve Phase (mentorship, expert feedback, community research)? (2000 characters)

During the improvement phase, we finish our pilot, including the recommendation of our mentor, Griselda Vera, to strengthen the bridges between the local community and the migrants. The recommendations oriented us to develop two more activities, one with the local community and another one with the migrants to motivate the creation of sustainable enterprises in co-creation.The comments that we receive in the project and the research that we made in the community allow us to reaffirm the importance of elements like arts and communication to create safe spaces and well-being for the migrants. 

The answers of Chris (our expert) were aligned with our project. During the pilot, we reaffirm the importance of work with the local grassroots organizations to create social capital and to give them the tools to promote the integration of the migrants. Thanks to Chris's comments, we include in the proposal a series of events to promote the initiative in the host communities to invite more people to participate and support the effort.

We use the User Experience Map, the Canvas Business Model, a timetable model share with us for one of the members of the BridgeBuilder Community to include all these recommendations and ideas.

In what ways would potential BridgeBuilder funds allow you to pursue your idea that other funding opportunities have not? (1000 characters)

The BridgeBuilder funds will allow us to implement our idea in the five host communities with the most significant number of migrants in Colombia.

Thanks to the Bridgeuilder funds, we will work directly to train 200 local leaders who will impact at least 10.000 migrants indirectly.

In parallel, we will work directly with 2000 migrants who will impact 20.000 indirectly.

The funds will be used to design innovative the training materials, to develop the workshops, to make the events and workshops with the migrants, and to strengthen the social capital in the host communities.

Our goal is, at the end of this project, is to have an impact measurement that allows us to scale and create open-source resources to share it with any grassroots organization that needs it.

What aspects or proportion of the overall idea would potential BridgeBuilder funds primarily support? (1000 characters)

With 200.000 USD, we will develop our work for one year in five host communities. The fund will be used to pay:

  1. Transportation and travels to the host communities.
  2. Facilitators for the workshops and the support personnel in the host communities. 
  3. Food and supplies to receive the migrants in the workshops.
  4. Materials
  5. Design training materials and workshops. 
  6. Make the impact measurement of the program.

The number of direct beneficiaries is 2200, which represents a cost of 0,25 USD daily for each beneficiary for a total of 90 USD for each people yearly.

What are the key steps or activities for your idea for implementation in the next 1-3 years? (1000 characters)

Colombia is the first recipient of Venezuelan migrants, and due to this crisis, it became the second country with more migrants in the world after Turkey. In May 2019, the official number of Venezuelans in Colombia amounted to 1,860,000, and it is estimated that by the end of 2019, the figure exceeds 3 million people, of which 45% are children and young people. The combination of a direct impact on communities and train the trainers makes complete the impact of the IntegrArte program, that's why our next steps will be pass from the development of training materials to the development of workshops in the host communities to reach five cities in one year. In the attached images, you will see our business model canvas and our timetable to get more details about our next steps.

What will community-level impact look like over the timeframe of your idea? How will you determine whether or not you have achieved that impact? And what outstanding questions do you still have? (1000 characters)

IMPACT: By 2021, we aim to scale IntegrArte to the host communities with a large number of migrants in Colombia. Reaching, 2.000 local leaders of grassroots organizations and 20.000 migrants directly through our model and 2 million through our pedagogical materials and campaigns. MEASUREMENT: We will measure the number of migrants reached, the number of grassroots organization leaders training, the number of workshops and psychosocial support consultations.We also track the development of collaborative projects between the migrants and the communities. We will do a qualitative analysis and follow up of the migrants to get their feedback about how the programs help their integration to the communities. QUESTION: How we can scale maintaining the quality of every training, workshop, and psychosocial support?

Describe the individual or team that will implement this idea (if a partnership, please explain breakdown of roles and responsibilities for each entity). (1000 characters)

The IntegrArte project will be lead by: Gabriela Arenas. TAAP Founder and Executive Director. Social communicator graduated from the Andrés Bello Catholic University, where she specialized in Journalism, in Education by Competences, and did a Master in Communication for Development. Fellow of Ashoka, Rotary Peace Fellow, Member of Weavers Lab, Skoll Delegate, Finalist of Schwab Foundation Award for the Entrepreneur of the Year and Member of the Re-Imagine Learning Network of LEGO Foundation. Carlos Meneses. TAAP Founder and Artistic Director. He received a degree of Illustration and Comics Technician and he graduated in Plastic Arts, majored in Mix Media at Armando Reveron's Higher Studies of Plastic Arts' Institute. He developed a learning methodology for peaceful coexistence through art, which it has received several international awards, including being part of the Nexso initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Lastly, how did you apply new learnings to your idea? (1000 characters)

Our mentor Griselda Vera recommended us to include some activities that guarantee the sustainability of the bridge created between the migrant and their host community during the project.

Thanks to her recommendation, we include the creation of collaborative projects as part of IntegrArte; this allows us to articulate long term collaboration between the members of the local communities and the migrants, generating incomes for both of them, trust, empathy, and integration.

Thanks to our expert Chris we identified the importance of including a series of local events to promote the program in the host communities, those events nor only would be an opportunity to make advocacy also allows us to reach more grassroots organizations and migrants in each territory.


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Thanks for the post! It is a great blog on the integration and protection program. The blog is quite informative and interesting!

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Hi,Carlos meneses
I have learned something from your business model. Thanks

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Hi Carlos Meneses ,
Great questions for expert review! Here are a few notes below:

1. The most effective ways to coach program trainers are to conduct workshops for your thought leaders and help them develop actionable skillsets. I recommend partnering with local organizations on the ground and working collaboratively to create KPIs and goals that meet the needs of TAAP and IntegrArte programming. If possible, provide your trainers with the tools and resources they need to be successful and offer value to the community through empathy and personal experience.

2. A few high-impact strategies to share out information about social programs would be to host events to get the community excited about the work TAAP is doing locally. Create a series of themes at each activation and use these opportunities to inform and educate on IntegrArte programs and offerings. This will also be a great time to prototype with the community and gather insights to learn more about their wants, needs, and effective strategies for successful migration.

3. A major challenge I have seen working with migrants in vulnerable communities is the overall lack of social capital and access to knowledge about resources that impact their day to day lives. It is very important for organizations to provide access to networks for migrants and help individuals navigate their journey by feeling safe in inclusive and familiar environments.

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Thank you Chris! Your comments have been very valuables because they are aligned with the strategies includes in the project.
We work with grassroots organizations to give them the tools, skills, and knowledge necessaries to create a safe space with the migrants.
For us, it is crucial to create social capital in the host communities and provide the migrants with a clear pathway that they could follow to integrate themselves into their new home.

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Dear Carlos Meneses ,

Great to see the the updates and insights for your idea. I was curious to understand clearly how you model works - Does your organization train trainers, who then train the new comers? Are the programs different for kids and adults? Which population do you serve the most? I would love to hear more about the program you tested in a community outside Bogota

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Hi! We train the trainers who are part of grassroots organizations and local leaders, and they lead the workshops with the migrants.
Our facilitators coordinate the activities and make the accompaniment of the workshops. But the idea is to give the trainers the tools to replicate the experience in their organizations.
TAAP methodology includes more than 90 activities, and the workshops are different for children, young people, women, parents, or teachers. We design every experience according to the needs and characteristics of the migrant population and the local community.

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The program tested in Bogotá included 300 migrant families in a three-month process. They received support to overcome migratory pain and to integrate into the community.
We taught the program to train social organizations, and with them, we held four workshops for women, twelve workshops for children, eight workshops for young people and an integration activity with the whole community.
The pilot allowed us to test the facilitator training methodology, the frequency of community activities, and the receptivity of the beneficiaries.
After this, the results were better than expected, and therefore we ask the experts what strategy we can include being able to form more organizations and thus increase the impact.

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Dear Carlos,

The points being is addressed by your idea are commendable. In fact, we are working on similar theme in India and have been working on integration of trafficked migrants both domestic and internationally trafficked people. In this context, we have developed a model that is deployed in different countries in Asia. Would be of interest to explore opportunity for replicating the same and address the issue of trafficking especially in migrant communities. Look forward to hear from you of how we can collaborate.

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That’s great! Can we have a call next week to understand more about your program our email is can you send us your availability to talk. Thank you

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Dear Sai,

Thanks for your comment. We will be please to share with you our methodology and we would love to learn more about your model.

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We already prove the program in a community outside Bogota and was amazing to see the results, especially related to the overcoming of the migratory grief. Using arts makes the process easier and faster no only for children and young people, also for the adults. Additionally, give this training to the local community allow to change the narrative and the perception of the migrants and we are happy to see how local NGOs are developing programs to integrate the migrants. It's great to see the bridge created between the community and the migrant population.
Thanks to our mentor Griselda for giving us the opportunity to reflect on the process.

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We have two questions for the experts. 1. In your experience what are the most effective tools for train the trainers? 2. Could you share information about high impact strategies to share information about social programs?

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Hello Carlos Meneses ,

Thanks for posting sharing with us the expert questions. Could you be able to provide the same information (the questions) on your submission form so it is easier for experts to see them under your idea and provide feedback?
To do this, click "Edit Contribution" at the top of your idea post, then scroll down to see and answer the first added question. This way, it is easier for experts to see the questions and provide feedback.

Photo of Marie-Noëlle. RUBANGIZA

Bonjour, Belle initiative, car les migrants sont plus marginalisés et ont besoin d'aide. Nous travaillons dans le domaine d'information, d'orientation et d'accompagnement des nouveaux arrivants en Belgique et nous avons un bon retour des bénéficiaires.

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Merci pour vos commentaires Il est bon de savoir qu'il y a des gens qui travaillent pour des migrants dans le monde entier

Photo of Alejandra Aguilera

Hola, que bueno saber que están haciendo muchas cosas por los migrantes en Colombia.

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Gracias Alejandra, es una situación muy compleja pero estamos haciendo todo lo que podemos

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Hola Carlos Meneses  ,
Congratulations on making it to the Improve Phase as part of the 40 Shortlisted Proposals!

Now the real improvement work begins so please prepare yourself to get constructive feedback from the mentors who will comment on your idea and experts who will question about your idea.

They will test the Desirability of your idea - if that is what people desire, they will test the Viability of your idea - if it is financially viable and they will test the Feasibility of your idea - if it is technically and organizationally possible to be executed in the real world.