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WE ARE FESTEJO SOLIDARIO

Who?

Festejo Solidario is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the personal development of children in need by celebrating their birthdays.

How?

Once a month, we visit different neighborhood soup kitchens in Buenos Aires, and deliver our “Magic Birthday Boxes”. These gifts contain all the ingredients for kids to celebrate their birthdays!

Why?

Celebrating our birthday helps to build one’s self, strengthens the self-esteem, encourages the development of the notion of time and permits the kid to feel loved and important among its family and friends.

ABOUT US

We are an NGO that contributes to the development of disadvantaged children through the celebration of their birthdays. The goal is that each boy and girl feel loved and important through the celebration of their birth.

Currently, due to Covid-19, we have reinvented ourselves from a group celebration format to one of individual celebrations in the safety of the home. For this we assemble and deliver “magic birthday boxes” that contain: an individual cake with a candle to wish on, a gift that stimulates creativity and play; garlands, balloons, and party favors to add color to the party; candy and treats to share with the family; a birthday letter with a personalized message, and more! 

We partner with different neighborhood soup kitchens, individuals, and companies. We visit each soup kitchen once a month to deliver our “magic birthday boxes” to the children who eat their meals there. The project is supported 100% by financial donations from individuals and products provided by companies.

Celebrating a birthday has a deep impact on children in vulnerable situations. For them, it is a moment of recognition, support, love, and contentment which is essential and yet rare in their lives.

According to the Observatory of Social Debt in Argentina (ODSA), the birthday celebration is an indicator of development in childhood. It is an essential intellectual and emotional stimulus in the healthy development of children. If they do not receive it, they enter adult life at a disadvantage.

Festejo itself was born in 2017 from the birthday of one of its founders. Since then, we have celebrated the lives of more than 10,000 low-income children in Buenos Aires city and north province.

What we do is very special. We work hard so that each delivery of a “Magic Birthday Box” is a celebration in itself. We give all our love and all our attention to each birthday child, particularly making them feel important, unique, loved, and capable. These are feelings of incalculable value that profoundly impact the self-perception of each child. The purity and authenticity of their reactions of gratitude and joy reinforce our intentions and provide motivation for our actions.

Children are the future. We like and are excited to think that what we do contributes to creating a future with better people, because these kids who received all this love, all this joy and support, will be able to replicate it when they are older. When we all celebrate our special day, we all have a better future!

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Mission

To contribute to the development of children in need by means of the celebration of their birthdays.

Vision

That every child gets the opportunity to celebrate its birthday and to develop in a healthy environment.

Values

Solidarity, Honesty and Transparency.

OUR TEAM

Together with our funding members and  project leader, more than 50 volunteers kindly and joyfully help out with each celebration.

Joaco Martinez Christensen

Joaquín Martínez Christensen

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FOUNDER

I can still recall how it made me feel closing my eyes and making a wish when I was a child. I can, also, remember the way my mum used to decorate the house; once, she even turned it into Batman’s cave. But when I turned 25, my only wish was for every child to have the possibility of experiencing the wonder of birthday party.

Tom Ordoñez

Tomás Ordoñez

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FOUNDER

When I was a child what I enjoyed the most of my birthday parties was playing outside with my friends and spending time with my family. I shared most of my birthday parties with my twin sister, which meant even more friends, games and FUN. Now, I’d like to pass on that happiness to others.

OUR SPONSORS

                   

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

To us, Corporate Sponsorship consists of two stages: the preparation of all the necessary thing for the birthday party and the actual party.

In the fist stage,  we prepare everything that is essential for the party, like: the gift bags, gift-wrapping, and the decoration. The day of the birthday party (second stage), volunteers from Festejo Solidario and representatives from the corporation go to one of the centers of easy and safe access, within or without business hours, and, among other things, prepare the food, decorate the place, help with the entertainment of the children, give the birthday presents and hand the gift bags.

These are the companies that do Corporate Sponsorship with us:
       disney  

DONATE NOW

¡You can make the difference!

We suggest simple and concrete ways of giving. All contributions are valuable and help us to continue spreading joy.

CONTACT US!

Please field the form and we will answer back soon. If you are from press, you can communicate directly with Tomás emailing him at tomas@festejosolidario.org. Thank you!