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who are we?

Fundación Mariposas Amarillas

"Yellow Butterflies", is a small Colombian grassroots organization committed to supporting disadvantaged children and families around Santa Marta, Colombia.

what we do

We aim to provide services such as basic education, recreational activities, and workshops that include information on health, nutrition, and the importance of education to children and their families in Santa Marta’s under-served neighborhoods.

our mission

Our mission is to help the children and families in the community to access the tools they need to fight poverty and social injustice by empowering them through education, information, and support.

We give them the chance to spread their wings and reach their full potential as proud, enthusiastic, and effective members of their communities.

volunteer with us!

Can't visit us yet or want to do more? 


Become a volunteer embassador today! As an embassador you can make a difference no matter where you are in the world. Learn more by visiting our volunteer tab or click here.

We are always looking for international and local volunteers to help teach our pre-school, 1st, and 2nd grade classes. 


You can also help lead after school programs for the adults in the affiliated communities. This includes literacy and English classes as well as health and sex ed workshops.

We are always in need of donations! As little as 10USD can help us purchase...


building materials

and healthy snacks

for our students! 

If you would like to send us a donation or organize a fundraising event in your community, please email us. 

donate or raise funds

meet the team


Community Leader

joanna cortes 

Administrative Support

Oscar cortes


Founder & Director

Oscar was born in Bogotá, but grew up in Colombia's salsa capital Cali. To get to know Oscar's story and his inspiration and dream of creating a non-profit organisation visit our gallery.

helga mora rada 

Local Education & Volunteer Coordinator

maria paula acero

Media Coordinator

-meet the team-

helga mora rada 

Local Education & Volunteer Coordinator

Helga is one of our leaders of our learning centre school in Barrio Fundadores, as well as volunteer coordinator and local administrator. Helga is originally from Cali, but has lived in Santa Marta for 11 years.

Helga welcomes our volunteers upon their arrival, and handles all administrative duties, such as managing the donations and other vital funds for the foundation.

Oscar cortes


Founder & Director

Oscar was born in Bogotá, but grew up in Colombia's salsa capital Cali. 

In his spare time, Oscar is working on expanding and improving the resources and outreach of the organisation. He also handles all incoming correspondence from prospective volunteers and potential partnerships, and coordinates the arrivals and work positions for our volunteers. 

joanna cortes 

Administrative Support

Joanna started out volunteering as an English teacher for FMA and later became the International Volunteer Coordinator for two years. Currently, she provides extra administrative support - from social media to fundraising projects. 

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