• Angie Hanlon-Toth

What should you know about the Colisium?

For the children of parents in Santa Cecilia, there’s a time gap between the school bell ringing, and when their children arrive back at the dinner table. Much can happen within that time frame, and if there isn’t a place to participate in organized activities,or even do homework, the perils of disadvantaged neighborhoods threaten to swallow these children whole. That’s not the only gap - places that serve the community members and families don’t exist either. Whether it’s a meeting place, sports facility, or a community stage, in in places like Santa Cecilia, there aren’t central places where they can share life experiences. A quality recreation center is a valuable asset to any community, that serves as a thriving hub of activity for youth, families, adults, and senior citizens.

A vibrant community recreation center can have a stabilizing effect on the lives of young people. By providing safe and adequately equipped spaces for physical activities like dance, martial arts, soccer, and other sports. Community centers provide space to develop discipline, healthy exercise habits, and teamwork. Community centers also create the perfect setting for local mentorship programs, providing guidance and leadership development for the youth of the community. The role of community recreation centers is especially crucial for communities, like Santa Cecilia, that lack the necessary facilities to keep their children in safe environments. Ensuring community youth have a healthy outlet for their creativity and energy is an important step towards long-term community improvement. Discipline, self-esteem, and leadership are all qualities that are fostered in youth-focused programs.

Recreation centers provide a place for children to extend their learning beyond the

classroom providing kids with help with homework, tutoring, and mentoring. However, educational opportunities are not limited to children. Adult learners can also benefit from a strong recreation center that provides enhancement programs for learning or enhancing a skill and provides critical services such as job training.

Fortunately, community recreation centers cater to all people. Fitness programs, athletic opportunities, arts and crafts classes, job training and various cultural activities are made available to those of all ages. A recreation facility helps to develop a culture of physical wellbeing, mental health, and nutritional education. With effective community outreach, a community recreation center can be a central component to enact change at the community level. Great recreation centers can be the piece that makes great communities whole. A community recreation center can foster community pride and

bring people together. It can also provide opportunities for interaction,  an inclusive environment, and individual growth. 

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In 2018 a court was built on the purchased land in Santa Cecilia, Colombia. Now the children have a place to play sports while attending the after-school program. Forming Lives Foundation will continue to support the work being done to build the entire recreation center 








Mission Trip August 16-23, 2017

                                  The mission team visited Santa Cecilia, Colombia to discover that a construction                                                   company donated over 20,000 bricks to help with building the   Coliseum                                                             the team assisted  in using some of the bricks to construct a road                                                                           in front of the Alliance church. (See pictures in Gallery below).








Recreation Center






  • After much prayer, God has directed the Foundacion FORMAVIDA to develop a new strategy that allows the youth and young adults from the community to have a place where they can use their free time to develop and foster the talents God has given them.

  • This project will consist of the construction of a multi-purpose space which includes multi-use athletic courts, a daycare center, AND a multi-use covered gym to play basketball, soccer, and volleyball with the idea of adding classrooms  and Christian school in the future.

  • To do this we are proposing the following phases:

    • 1. First Phase: AQUISITION OF THE LAND:  a. Buy the land b. Study the topography c. Define plans d. Obtain a construction license

    • 2. Second Phase: FIRST CONSTUCTION:  a. Level the land b. Build the foundation c. Build the structure d. Level and build the parking lot e. Build walls to prevent landslides

    • 3. Third Phase: SECOND CONSTRUCTION: a. Walls and columns of center b. Bleachers c. Roof d. Lighting We are looking for partnerships, churches, organizations, schools, families, and individuals who believe that this is possible.

  • We need people who want to support us in prayer, physically and financially! We appreciate and value your consideration

  • God bless you!


   OASIS:  An after school program for kids and teens to receive a holistic Christian education that includes spiritual development,       tuitoring and special activities.

  DICOCO:  Women and teens learn how to trace, cut and sew cloths helping them develop talents that God has gven them and it     encourages them to be entrepreneurs.

  HAND CRAFT FOR LIVE:  Mothers and youths identify, develop and enhance skills as they crochet bags, wallets and bracelets.




Forming Lives Foundation is committed to providing a community center where individuals and families in Santa Cecelia, Colombia can develop their quality of life: spiritually, intellectually and physically.

Thanks to our Generous Donors
 Project Status

 *Raised $30,700 as of 1/1/2021

* Paid back loan for the first land: $16,000 

With your support and contributions in Colombia we have completed the payment of the first land.

 *  Land Deed: $ 800  

Although this step was not mentioned in the original budget, without this there can not be construction license)


 * Topographic survey $ 600 

The actual cost was $200 more expensive than expecting

* Bakery and DiCoco Store Front with back Sewing Room Second Floor foundation for more classrooms $10,300

For these section of the project FORMAVIDA has collected the extra $6,000 has being through different events within the community, and other local donors. 






        Donations YTD

The Colombia Comunity

Making a Difference

The Community of Santa Cecilia, Colombia has a population of more than 10,000 people and approximately 6,000 are between the ages of 0-15. They face many of the following issues:

  • Lack of work

  • Low economic resources

  • Malnutrition & learning disabilities

  • School drop-out

  • Unwanted pregnancies, abortions and abuse

  • Violence

  • Drug-Abuse

  • Lack of Spiritual knowledge, and Life principles