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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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