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Success G i v ing
Transforming lives for the better, Erika
Contreras leads Soccer For Peace to train,
elevate and empower youth in Colombia.
T E X T BY E S T R E LL I TA S . S I B I L A
A seasoned entrepreneur and philanthropist, Erika
Contreras found her calling on the field with Soccer For
Peace, a Colombian youth organization whose mission
is to transform lives through soccer, values and life-
skills training. As the Executive Director, her role is to
inspire, motivate and create awareness of the impact
her organization has made in the lives of thousands of
vulnerable boys and girls. She focuses her energy on
raising funds to ensure that the Colombia-based programs
are both sustainable and effective. “We work as a
complete empowerment team,” she says. “I firmly believe
in teamwork, surround myself with passionate people and
look for synergies that can make a remarkable difference.”
Supporters, or “Strikers For Peace”, are agents of change
and hope who provide an opportunity for a child to escape
these vulnerable situations and become positive citizens.
“That’s why the campaign is so important,” she says.
“From child to child, we’re transforming households; from
household to household, we’re transform communities;
and from community to community, we can transform the