Cigarra works with under-privileged families in Ciudad Bolivar, Bogotá, Colombia. Armed groups, including guerrillas, paramilitary and army have displaced the majority of them from war-torn areas. We work with a community of approximately 1000 people from about 300 families. We have a daycare center for 170 children ages 6 months to 5 years, and before- and after-school programs for children up to 18 years of age.
We also provide social services to the community, as well as preventive and primary health care, housing, and community development, all in association with governmental and non governmental groups.
We want to be a symbol of hope for perhaps the most disadvantaged group of citizens in our country, which is reflected in our name "Cigarra," Spanish for Cicada, an insect that lives most of its life underground, but eventually emerges into the sunlight to complete its life cycle.