About:

Caribia, a village near the Luker Chocolate cocoa forest in Necoclí, was the only one in the area that did not have its own patron saint festival. This generated a sense of cultural loss and a lack of rootedness in the territory. For this reason, the community decided to hold a celebration that would identify it locally and represent a milestone for the community. It was they who made the decision that this celebration would be around cocoa to celebrate the impact it has had on their lives. The idea of the Cocoa Festival, held by the Caribia community and led by the Community Action Board, is to provide a fun, educational, and cultural day for children, young people, and adults, and it seeks to develop the cultural identity of the community’s inhabitants. Today, three versions of the festival have been held and the community has declared it a tradition, a heritage, a celebration of the cocoa harvest, and the positive effects it has brought on the lives of the locals. Thanks to the communities’ empowerment, the Municipal Council of Necoclí created an agreement that declares this festival official, thus involving the institutions as allies.

Start Date:

December

2017

Duration: 4 years

100%

To date

Total
investment

68.2 K (US$)

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TOTAL BUDGET

SPENT

Impact on people

2,004

People

52% women

48% men

LOCATION

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28%

42%

30%

Adults

Young

Children

Skills Developed

Responsibility

Development of managerial skills and organization of events

Teamwork

Communication

Relationship

Results

  • Execution of 3 editions of the Cocoa Festival.
  • Support from 20 volunteers with pre-festival activities, planning and logistics.
  • Implementation of an art competition.
  • Participation of 6 cultural groups and 9 artistic groups.
  • Association of 12 sponsors.
  • Active participation of 8 The Chocolate Dream projects.
  • Consolidation of the festival's organising committee in the town.

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