This week the Embassy of Japan in Colombia signed a donation agreement with Genesis Foundation to provide USD $100,000 for the expansion of the First Learning Steps Early Development Center in the city of Sevilla - Zona Bananera (Department of Magdalena). The agreement was signed by the Ambassador of Japan Mr. Kazuo Watanabe and Cristina Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Executive Director of Genesis Foundation.
The construction will take place in partnership with the municipality who pledged to co-finance the remaining cost of the infraestructure expansion. The contribution made by the Japanese Embassy will be used for the construction of 2 classrooms each suitable for 20 children, restrooms and a storage room.
This First Learning Steps Center in Sevilla currently benefits 137 children. Overall the program benefits 4,152 children in Magdalena and Nariño.