A summer camp created by millennials to foster peace and reconciliation in conflict-torn areas of Colombia was awarded the Grand Prize of the 2016 "Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge."
The camp project, known as "Bakongo Paz", was developed by the members of the Global Shapers Community, a network of young people around the world organised by the World Economic Forum. It was one of five social programmes receiving $10,000 each in acceleration funding from The Coca-Cola Company.
The facility, known as Camp Bakongo, serves at-risk and underprivileged children who have been impacted by conflict in Colombia. Young Colombians and demobilised people cooperatively staff and manage the camp.
Camp Bakongo creates an environment of peacebuilding, sharing and teamwork that gives the next generation of Colombians a foundation for continued cooperation.