Hyatt Regency Cartagena and Fundación Amigos del Mar

 
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Amigos del Mar is an NGO in Cartagena, Colombia, that tries to contribute to a social development and a growth in education and sports for the youth of the island Tierra Bomba. Amigos del Mar motivates young people to reintegrate to school as well as form them in discipline and values through water sports as well as cultural and environmental activities. The work axes are the motivation and accompaniment of the youth such as forming them in responsibility, commitment, respect, love, empathy, solidarity, friendship, etc.

Amigos del Mar regularly organizes recycling-art workshops, English and Spanish classes as well as further environmental activities for the kids of the village. In addition to teaching the youth important knowledge and environmental respect as well as supporting them in spending their free time in a reasonable way, these workshops help us to identify the kids that do not attend school, build up a relationship with them and allow their school-reinstatement.

Amigos del Mar started working with Hyatt Regency Cartagena one year ago in 2016, right after Hyatt opened its doors in Cartagena de Indias. Since their opening many activities have been developed through the partnership: from Tierra Bomba kids painting a colorful wall in the hotel, through Hyatt colleagues visiting the foundation in Tierra Bomba various times – bringing among others school material for the kids and supporting the pet festival with pet food, material and manpower.  Also participated in a huge beach cleaning action in Cartagena during Hyatt's Global Month of Service in April 2017, with more than 100 volunteers participating, including among others the kids of the foundation Amigos del Mar as well as the Hyatt team and many other volunteers.

Hyatt Community Grant will purchase materials to expand the organization's workshops, water sports activities, and social support services.

Learn more about Amigos del Mar HERE.