Mi Sangre Foundation was created in response to Colombia's needs in the treatment of landmine victims by renowned singer-songwriter and peace ambassador Juanes - its leader - inspired by the song "Fijate bien" (“Watch Closely”).
*The foundation developed two action lines that are being implemented in the departments of Antioquia, Meta and Bolivar: psychosocial support for landmine victims and socioeconomic reintegration.
*The German embassy is the first donor wanting to invest in the Foundation.
*As a tribute to Mi Sangre's founder and his social commitment, Medellin's municipality created a park named “Parque Juanes de la Paz” (Juanes Peace Park).
Mi Sangre developed the first project to apply a differentiated approach to boys, girls, and teenage landmine victims called “Plan Hermano” (Brother Plan). This first approach would build the foundations of what would later become the program “Educacion para la Paz” (Education for Peace program), a testimony of the creative and transformative power in children.
The first psychosocial aid model with scientific standards for the assistance of landmine victims was created in Colombia through a partnership with various stakeholders involved in the Acción Integral contra Minas (Integrated Approach to Landmines) community and the University of Antioquia.
The demographic scope was expanded to include boys, girls, teenagers and youths afflicted by diverse kinds of violence. The program “Educación para la Paz” (Education for Peace) was launched with the goal to help victims transcend and become active agents working for peace.
Mi Sangre begins to directly implement its programs. “PAZalobien” (“Good way to Peace”) is the first project in Medellin through which the Foundation reaffirms the educational role of art in good citizenship education, peaceful coexistence, and of course, self-renewal.
As a result of its projects and events, such as “Hip-hop pasos que no son en vano” (“Steps that are not in vain”), “Remangate” (“Roll-up”) in Bogota, “PAZalobien” (“Good way to Peace”) in Medellin, “Incluyendo al Cuerpo” (“Including bodies”), in Valdivia, “Teje la Vida” (“Weaving life”) in Taraza, and the approval of Public Policies for Youth in Cocorna, the foundation deploys a phase full of movement, creativity, and social impact.
Innovative and high impact methodologies are developed such as PAZalobien: education in citizenship and coexistence, and Teje la Vida ("Weaving life").
As a result of its on-site projects, and based on its methodology, Mi Sangre is invited to work alongside experienced organizations and design a comprehensive project for recruitment prevention.
The “Soñar es un Derecho” (“Dreaming is a right”) campaign was launched alongside IOM (International Organization for Migration) and USAID (United States Agency for International Development). The project's goal is to raise awareness within Colombian society by using its mobilizing nature to prevent children, teenagers, and youths from being recruited.
Projects and methodologies are consolidated and replicated in several of Colombia's regions. Thanks to the results of the PAZalobien methodology in projects implemented throughout 2012, a number of experienced organizations and donors including the IADB (Inter American Development Bank), the United States DOL (Department of Labor), and the World Urban Forum, approve large projects to replicate Mi Sangre’s programs and take them to the next level.
This phase culminates in a process of internal reflection and preparation with the aim of strengthening Mi Sangre's characteristic spirit in anticipation of projects starting in 2014.