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DREAMS COME TRUE
Cheryl Plotkin De López of Fundacion Armando El Futuro has dedicated most of her life to helping
others achieve their dreams. Today, she’s looking forward to expanding the reach of the organization
to benefit as many families as possible.
T E X T BY E S T R E LL I TA S . S I B I L A
C heryl Plotkin De López developed her interest in helping
others by emulating her mother Beatriz Quintero, a
Colombian immigrant who invested her time and energy
in civic and political causes. “Seeing my mother involved in our
community awakened a sense of gratitude in me,” she says. “This
is why as a young lady I began to get involved in helping others.”
Making frequent visits to her homeland and having lived
there for a few years while growing up opened her eyes to the
education-related needs of the children. For years, giving was at
the center of her life and part of the family fabric. After years
of supporting numerous causes, Plotkin De López, her mother
and brother decided to form a family foundation: Fundacion
Armando El Futuro.
Since its founding, the organization has been improving lives
and education opportunities for children throughout Colombia.
“Our first project was in Quindio, Colombia, where we built and
donated a library for 300 students at The Instuticion Ramon
Mesa Londoño,” she says. To this day, they maintain the facility
and keep it up-to-date with donated goods and addition funds.
Since its inception, support for the foundation has grown
immensely over the years enabling Fundacion Armando El
50 Futuro to expand their projects, services and impacts to other
areas of Colombia. To date, the cause has supported 3 schools
throughout Colombia by donating a sports complex with
artificial turf in Cartagena along with various donations for arts
& music programs including a pre-school for 45 low-income
children in Norte De Santander that enables parents to work and
provide for their families while their kids are learning and being
Most recently, Fundacion Armando El Futuro partnered with
Dr. Velasquez in Cartagena to secure eye equipment needed
for performing eye exams. Now over 700 students in all of the
schools the foundation supports are receiving this service and
improving both their health and education opportunities.
All the while, Plotkin De López continues on her mission
to weave the spirit of giving both in her family and in her
community. “To get people involved in our organization, we
invite friends and family to travel to our projects in Colombia
to get a closer look at the kind of work we do,” she says.
“When people see the amazing things we are able to do
for these children, it makes them want to keep helping.”;