Learning for Life

Donor: Diageo Foundation
Local Allies: Fundación Carlos y Sonia HaimeServicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA)Acceso Centro de Formación para el Trabajo (ACCESO)
Beneficiaries: 60 adults
Location: Cartagena, Colombia


This project seeks to provide 60 young adults (ages 18-35) with the skills and capacities that will allow them to have a real opportunity to obtain employment and lead them to become a significant contributing force in the development of their communities. By developing strategic alliances with local businesses, the project aims to provide training in two industries vital to the local economy: Hospitality and Bartending.

Local Allies:

The Carlos y Sonia Haime Foundation (FCSH) is a Colombian non-profit organization founded in 2006 in the city of Cartagena, whose mission is to contribute to closing the poverty gap in the city, particularly in the area of “La Boquilla” and "Manzanillo del Mar." Through a holistic approach, FCSH develops projects in the areas of income generation, education, empowerment, food security and access to healthcare among others. With the support of private and public actors, FCSH has for the past four years focused on offering educational programs geared towards providing new employment opportunities to young adults.

SENA is a Colombian national public institution in charge of the social and technical development of Colombian employees. SENA provides technical and professional education in order to contribute to the country’s long-term development.

ACCESO is a private technical educational institution in Cartagena created by the Clinton Foundation with the purpose of providing comprehensive training with broad humanistic and technical content, specifically geared at developing academic proposals that cater to the needs of the hospitality and tourism industry in the city of Cartagena. ACCESO provides social and economic inclusion by offering training opportunities to the more vulnerable communities of Cartagena that will lead to dignified employment.


Since 2010, Give To Colombia has worked with FCSH to contribute to closing the poverty gap in Manzanillo del Mar and La Boquilla. Thanks to the foundation's alliance with G2C, FCSH has received an anonymous donation and four grants, including a grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation, two from JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and the most recent from Diageo Foundation, in addition to three matching donations from Colombian government agencies Acción Social and APC.