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EPÉKEINA:: Greek word whose meaning, in short, is "beyond being". It can also be interpreted as the strength of God or His vital impulse that transcends all that is human. In the Epékeina Foundation, the essential thing is the human being and his dignity, that's why the slogan "beyond the human" is adopted. Human and Christian values are the light and the guide that defines constancy in education and humanitarian aid to the most dispossessed.

Epékeina Foundation It began social and pastoral work with weekly visits to the Terrazas de San Agustín del Sur neighborhood in Caracas since 2008. Formally, her first administrative activities with SENIAT recognition were directed from the El Salvador Parish located in the Las Acacias urbanization (Caracas) in February. 2010. Currently has five offices throughout the country and three international headquarters. Over the years, its social work has been extended to implement programs aimed at children, adolescents and young people, as well as a specific one that provides support to priests in retirement. In partnership with the UNDP office, Venezuela started the project for the recovery of the agricultural landscape in Canaguá, State of Merida, in 2014, through the cultivation of agroecological coffee. In April 2012, the sports program for young people, Leaders Building Future, was born. In just two years, it expanded through the capital and in 2014 it became the Caracas Youth Network. The success of the initiative means that by May 2016 it will become a proposal to the country with the Red Joven Venezuela project that proposes a new citizen participation scheme in which young people are designers, producers and protagonists of their initiatives and ventures. During these years other very important programs have also emerged and consolidated, that is to say: Camp Epékeinando for the months of July and August; Parrots for Peace in the months of September; Murals-HabitArte or Murals that are Values, permanent program; School of Leadership and Entrepreneurship; among others of culture, art and sport for young people.

Mission

Accompany and support communities in poverty in their effort to have a decent quality of life, in defense of their citizenship rights, through a comprehensive process, educational level and participatory organization, in order to promote intellectual training and the training of its members, focused mainly on children, adolescents, young people and their families, in accordance with the values of democracy and social peace.

Visión

Build a democratic and inclusive Venezuela where coexistence with full freedoms is possible, equal opportunities for all and reduce poverty rates. Foster a plural, solidary, peaceful and just nation. Promote a decent quality of life for the popular communities and the most needy people, and encourage their integral education, their empowerment and productive participation in society.

Strategies

Join the independent organizations and institutions (University and Catholic Church), free of ideologies and political parties, to promote the processes of social change and the strengthening of Civil Society, and thus seek the defense and promotion of human rights (HHDD) in its broad sense, with a strong social impact to awaken critical consciousness in people before the dominant system.

Overall objective

Promote community initiatives and socio-pastoral alternatives social systems social relations and social policies in the country, in the reality of poor communities, with the leadership and protagonism of young people, and the attention to children, to contribute in the formation of a fair, democratic, pluricultural and multicultural nation, in peace and harmonious coexistence with the natural riches that the Creator has given us.

Specific objectives

Train young people, accompany them, and provide them with tools and new knowledge.

Promote and strengthen the forms of social organization, already existing, and that we find and awaken in the communities.

Strengthen the incidence and articulation of the Epékeina Foundation with the networks of other Foundations and NGOs, with academics (research centers and universities) and national and international human rights defense organizations.

Collaborate and strengthen the regional, national and international articulations that they, children, adolescents and young people will promote.

Lines of Action

1.- Promote education and improvement through study, work and individual and collective effort.

2.- Promote organized and supportive participation.

3.- Promote human rights, freedom of expression and labor rights.

4.- Promote and strengthen Social Organizations.

5.- Caring for and defending the environment and natural resources.

6.- Promote education, health and community food; think more about the other.

7.- Support the work of alternative and popular media (murals, newspapers, etc.).

8.- Promote the sport and all the training disciplines that help the qualification of young people from popular areas.

9.- Support the technological literacy processes in the communities.

10.- To develop itinerant workshops in the different headquarters of the Foundation.

What do we do

Children Program

Promotes the learning and values training of children and adolescents through the development of various educational and play-recreational activities addressing multiple issues such as culture and art, science, religion, and sports. As part of the days, we offer you a nutritious breakfast so that you have the necessary energy to learn and play.
Everything is accomplished on Saturdays, from 8:30 am to 12 pm, at our headquarters located in Las Acacias. Beneficiaries are from the Terrazas del Alba sector (San Agustín del Sur) and La Boyera, which are currently the beneficiaries of several sectors of the El Hatillo and Baruta municipalities.

Epékeina Priestly Program

It contributes to the monthly provision of food, medicines and other products required by the elderly priests of the Priestly House of the Archdiocese of Caracas and the Servants of Jesus who attend them. In addition, it provides accompaniment through monthly visits by members of the program and the various apostolates of the Church The Annunciation of the Lord (La Boyera).

Camp Epékeinando

It is the 1-week vacation plan that takes place every August. It is designed to involve the beneficiaries of the children's program who have complied with their regular attendance and maintain good behavior. They are offered a balanced diet (breakfast and lunch), training workshops, recreational walks, didactic materials, transportation and uniform. There is a team of volunteers and facilitators to carry out the programming of each edition.

Project "Conservation of the productive landscape of the community of La Laguna"

This project, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and with the support of the Small Grants Program of the Global Environment Fund and the Universidad de los Andes (ULA) -CORPOULA, was formally initiated in February 2016 in the Canaguá Parish of the Arzobispo Chacón municipality of the state of Mérida. From that date until May 2017 we worked simultaneously on the objectives set in its different stages, integrated into activities in the "Field School for Farmers La Laguna" (ECA), which was founded taking education as a basic strategy for the development of the communities and fulfilling the objective of the project "Develop a training and training plan for coffee growers".

Red Joven Venezuela Program

It promotes community initiatives and socio-pastoral alternatives to socio-economic and political systems established in the country, from the reality of poor communities, with the leadership and protagonism of young people, and care for children, to contribute to training of a just, democratic, pluricultural and multicultural nation, in peace and harmonious coexistence with the natural riches that the Creator has given us.

Objectives
Train strong> to youth and adolescents in popular areas, accompanying them, and providing them with tools and new knowledge to promote their productive participation and their role in Venezuelan society.
Promote and strengthen social organization initiatives already existing in the communities, as well as fostering new alternatives in that area.
Consolidating the advocacy and strategic articulation of Funda Epékeina with otr as non-governmental organizations, both national and international, from different areas, to develop an excellent educational, academic, investigative and productive level, and, also, in favor of the defense of the human rights of Venezuelan youth.

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