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Why Does Having a Dream Matter? April 21st, 2014

We asked children in Ciudad Bolivar about their hopes and ambitions, the challenges they faced, and why it was important to them that they had big dreams for their future. We will be sharing more of what they told us, along with updates on our continuing work with these children, on our website and Facebook. Please continue checking here and Our Facebook

By Laura Ferro and Jay Nargundkar for *dreamfly*

Ciudad Bolivar, in the southern outskirts of the Colombian capital city of Bogota, is home to thousands of refugees from outlying provinces who fled conflict over the past few decades. Now, however, Colombia has turned the corner from its troubled past, and its people are focused on helping a new generation take advantage of the opportunities that were previously not available.

In late 2013, dreamfly visited our local partner, Colombianitos, which runs youth centers throughout the country.  These youth centers provide kids with academic support and sporting opportunities as an outlet for avoiding the gangs and drugs that are common in their neighborhoods. In Ciudad Bolivar, we had a chance to meet countless smart, funny, polite, charming kids, visit their homes, and talk to them about their dreams.

Sari Magali Rosales, mature beyond her years, dreams of becoming a forensic pathologist and buying a big house for her family. Jessica Mejia, quiet but fiercely competitive, loves

soccer and trains diligently to realize her goal of playing professionally. Mauricio Serna, who makes everyone around him smile, wants to become a teacher to help other children in Ciudad Bolivar realize their potential. The determination of these children is impressive. “The only thing that one lives for is dreams,” Sari told us, “In my case, I will work at it until I achieve it.” Jessica shared her advice for her peers, advising them to “Keep following your dreams until the end – that is how you overcome all obstacles in life.”

The children of Ciudad Bolivar share the same optimism, ambition, and goals of young people around the world. Their dreams inspire us at dreamfly and motivate us to help make these dreams a reality.

– Jay Nargundkar, dreamfly Latin America lead

dreamfly Meets Sari Magali, age 13, of Ciudad Bolivar. May 16th 2014

By Laura Ferro and Jay Nargundkar for *dreamfly*