Our Mission and Vision:
Cambio Creativo is an educational, social and spiritual platform that uses programs and transformative experiences to empower youth and families in Coco Solo and Buena Vista, cultivating community and personal development.
Our vision is that the children, youth and adultos we serve become agents of educational, spiritual and social change within the communities of Coco Solo and Buena Vista and throughout the Americas
About Coco Solo, Buena Vista, and Juan Diaz:
Coco Solo was located near the Free Trade Zone of Colon and the Manzanillo International Terminal in Colon, Panama. More than 400 families lived in the area, which was formerly a US naval base (founded in 1918). The Panamanian government began to move local families to the old base, particularly the barracks, in the 1980s, after their homes were destroyed by fire. Initially, the housing was meant to be temporary. However, more than thirty years have passed and the same families remain in now crumbling facilities. Community members lack standard living conditions such as running water, basic healthcare services, stable electricity, and clean public space for their children to play in. Due to the expansion of the ports in Colón, the community was being relocated to Buena Vista in government-developed single family housing units. Nearly half of all families moved in 2013. The remaining families are expected to moved in 2016, pending completion of the government housing project. Cambio Creativo has been alongside the community through this transition.
We believe in the transformative power of cultural exchanges among youth, and between students and teachers. We believe service-learning, interdisciplinary education and cross-cultural creative exchanges are essential to building life-long skills and healthy communities. We believe in the value of “Each One,Teach One”: the shared responsibility to contribute and be accountable to one another’s continuing education and development. We believe that all youth have the right to explore, imagine, create, and grow in a nurturing and safe environment. Self-expression, self-determination and self-worth are our educational goals.