Caminos Nativos is a Colombian non-profit organization located in Santander. The organization’s mission is to design, plan and execute social, cultural, and entrepreneurial projects that support children, adolescents, and women in under-resourced rural areas, providing them with the tools to discover new ways of investing their time and conceive new life perspectives that reinforce their cultural identity. Learn more about Caminos Nativos here.

“Pedalea con Conciencia” (Pedal with Conscience) is a program that combines athletics with social empowerment. This program supports the development of a mountain biking school in Cabrera, Santander, where children learn athletic skills and receive mental health support. Children are given bikes, receive support from athletic and mental health coaches, and have an opportunity to build community while learning the ins and outs of competitive cycling. To participate in the program, participants must be enrolled in school. This program aims to provide children with an experience meant to support and encourage them in their educational, athletic, and personal development toward embracing their individual power and potential.

Phase 1  of this program ran from July 2022 – January 2023 and Phase 2 launched September 2023, with an added art program to enable creativity, collaboration, and community. The program was also expanded to 10 additional children (30 total), with a focus on diversifying the current cohort. We want to express our gratitude to Evergreen Communities, LLC who funded Phase 2 of this program in full.