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Hope, Dreams and Transformation for Colombian Youth

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November 29, 2022

Building tomorrow starts with a good foundation


Be a Hero!

We are currently building "The Coliseum" - a recreation center and a school for the community of Santa Cecilia, Colombia,  There are no parks and the children have to travel to the city of Bogota to attend school, therefore, the Coliseum is essential and will have a great impact.  The Coliseum will promote social formation. The plan is that the children will be able to dream and work toward a future with opportunity for advancement. The emotional impact of the plan is hope. Be a hero and help us empower the next generation.

 Hope, Dreams and Transformation for Colombian Youth

Because our children are the leaders of tomorrow!


About Us

Forming Lives Foundation  is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, as of August 2016, focusing its efforts on creating and implementing projects aimed at improving the community of Santa Cecilia, Colombia.   We want to provide education, mentoring and training programs as a tool to break the cycle of poverty. Santa Cecelia is an underdeveloped and underserved community with 10,000 residents of which 6,000 are between the ages of 0-15 years old lacking many social services. The recreation center and programs we envision will focus on community development and preparation to work and be prepared for a better future.  You can contact us at 845-288-0656 or


Vision & Mission

Vision Statement

To see Christ, transform lives and provide a hope for the better future by building a Coliseum (recreation center and school) in Santa Cecelia, a rural community above Bogota, Colombia aimed at improving the quality of life for children, teenagers, and young adults with opportunities for advancement and the ability to empower the next generation.

Mission Statement

To facilitate spiritual, social and emotional programs for children and youth in Colombia by building, mentoring, and training. 


We affirm God's purpose through honesty, love, respect, and teamwork.




we express beliefs, ideas, and opinions in a truthful, sincere and frank manner.

we show a genuine concern for the good of others, with unselfish acts of kindness, such as, compassion, caring, thoughtfulness, service, humanitarian and noble actions.


we will appreciate the diversity of our team and recognize each of us can bring a unique prospective.


we align ourselves to the mission of the organization and promote a spirit of cooperation. We share resources ad help each other solve problems.  ​We trust and depend on one another and God as our ultimate source and friend.


We have a dream


Alexandra Martinez

This is definitely the place for my daughter to grow as she has the opportunity to know the Lord as so many other children,  more will have the same opportunity with the addition of the Coliseum.



The Coliseum is necessary.  The number of participants, both in the foundation and in the church, have grown.  Thus, there is not enough space.  The Coliseum will have the capacity to address the increase and reach all the children in the community so they may know the love of God.


Juan Daniel

Personally, I want to graduate with a degree in Engineering, and use what I  learn to help build the Coliseum. It’s a big project that will help many in this community with work, building a relationship with God, and obtaining an education. This is a great gift from God to His people.


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