In collaboration with DukeEngage Colombia and the
Manantiales de Paz (Springs of Peace) community
Summer 2015 En colaboración con el programa DukeEngage Colombia y
la comunidad de Manantiales de paz
By Tamera Marko
Reflections, Fall 2012 Por Tamera Marko
Reflections, Otoño 2012
This project is a multi-institutional, transnational collaboration between families, artists, academics, documentarians, students and faculty in the US and in Medellín. We collaborate with families who over the last 60 years have been building their communities in the city of Medellín. Thousands of these families came to Medellin because they were forced to flee their homes in rural communities due to violence. Families tell their own stories of resilience in their own words and images. As of 2015, we have documented 250 stories, and have archived over 7,000 hours of video, 10,000 photographs, and 1,000 pages of written-word text.
Duke University students in the program DukeEngage Colombia have come every summer from 2008 to 2015. DukeEngage is funded by grants from the The Duke Endowment and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The DukeEngage mission is to empower “students to address critical human needs through immersive service, in the process transforming students, advancing the University’s educational mission, and providing meaningful assistance to communities in the U.S. and abroad.”
In the last eight years, DukeEngage Colombia students have interviewed over 100 families in the city of Medellín and the community of Manantiales de Paz, created dozens of short documentaries, and contributed thousands of hours of video to the My Home archive.
This is a collaboration between the First Year Writing Program and the Office of Service Learning and Community Action at Emerson College, DukeEngage Colombia at Duke University, Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín, MIT, el AULA in Medellín, the Alcaldía de Medellín, the Secretaria de Bienestar Social, Programa Medellín Solidaria, Agencia de Cooperación e Inversión de Medellín y el Área Metropolitana.