A summer camp created by Millennials to foster peace and reconciliation in conflict-torn areas of Colombia was awarded the grand prize of the 2016 “
The “Bakongo Paz” project was developed by the Bogotá Hub of the Global Shapers Community, an international network of young social entrepreneurs organized by the World Economic Forum. It’s one of five social programs to receive $10,000 each in acceleration funding from The Coca‑Cola Company through the
Camp Bakongo serves at-risk and underprivileged children who have been impacted by conflict in Colombia. Young Colombians and demobilized people cooperatively staff and manage the camp. Camp Bakongo creates an environment of peacebuilding, sharing and teamwork that gives the next generation of Colombians a foundation for continued cooperation.
“One of the main challenges for our country is to restore the social fabric that has been broken after more than five decades of conflict,” said Bakongo Paz Project Lead Daniel Buriticá Córdoba, who represented the Bogotá Hub in Davos. “We are aware that we, the youth, have to take a step forward and send a clear message to our society that, despite all the wounds and pain, it is possible to reconcile and peacefully coexist. Being selected as a
The Bakongo Paz project won the popular vote of members of the Global Shapers Community as a Shaping a Better Future finalist, and as grand prize winner by a high-level panel of judges comprised of leaders from the public and private sector.