600 High School Students in Guajira are Learning Entrepreneurial Skills

A closing ceremony of the first phase of the program Jóvenes+Emprendedores in Riohacha, Guajira was celebrated April 4, 2014. J+E is a two-year program that is benefiting 600 high school students in 10 schools by teaching them job and entrepreneurial skills.

Our Project Manager Karin Kramer was present in the event along with Julio Marín, Director of Fundación Promigas, our partner organization. Authorities from the Secretaría de Educación of Riohacha were also present to give a recognition to the schools, teachers and students that are part of this initiative. 

Learn more about Jóvenes + Emprendedores



Walking for Water in Bogota on March 26th

We are very excited to announce the first Walking for Water in Bogota to benefit Genesis Foundation. On March 26th over 300 eigth graders will walk 3 Kilometers carrying 3 litters of water in honor of million of children worldwide from vulnerable rural communities that walk daily to have access to clean water.

This walk is part of an international initiative by The United Nations to commemorate World Water Day . Last year 34,000 children in 23 countries participated in this initiative raising $1.3 Euros.

Students participating in Bogota are from private schools: Colegio Santa María, Centro Santa María, Colegio Los Nogales, Gimnasio Fontana and Gimnasio Campestre. These students´effort is to raise $25 million pesos (aprox. US$ 15,000) to bring clean water to over 2,300 children in Magdalena and Nariño that a are part of Genesis´ early education program First Learning Steps. Genesis Foundation will match funds raised 1:1.

You can also support this students by making a DONATION!



Adios to our founder, Edmundo Esquenazi

With our deepest regrets we announce the death of one of our founders, Mr. Edmundo Esquenazi.

Mr. Esquenazi was a well-known business man in Colombia and a true philanthropist. Along with his life-long business partnerJimmy Mayer, he founded Genesis Foundation in the United States in 2001. Their mission was, and continues to be, to give Colombian children the opportunity of a quality education and a successful future, by channeling not only their own resources but those of others interested in building a more just Colombian society. Mr Esquenazi was also a founder of Fundación Neumológica Colombiana and contributed to many other social initiatives such as Fundación Cardioinfantil and Fundación Menorah in Colombia.

Mr. Esquenazi served as an Emeritus Board Member of Genesis Foundation until his last days. He was a low-profile man who was committed to improving the lives of those who were not as fortunate as he was. In addition to his financial contributions, he brought his wisdom and sagacity to the organization. He will be missed greatly and long remembered as a visionary founder.

Our hearts go out to his wife Mayra, his children Carolina, Moises and Eduardo, as well as other family members and friends.


Embassy of Japan donates USD $100,000 for First Learning Steps Center in Magdalena

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.



$6,525 raised by our team in the Miami Marathon!

For the fourth consecutive year a group of runners joined Genesis Foundation in the ING Miami Marathon to raise funds for the children of Colombia.

This year the team raised $6,525 which will help us provide notebooks to almost 8,000 students that are part of the program Palabario & Numerario.

Once more we are grateful for this collaboration and hope to keep inspiring people to run for a good cause.

We want to thank all runners and donors for their generosity!

Also, a big shout out to Muscle Milk for donating delicious protein shakes for our runners!