You can donate at this link https://localgiving.org/charity/beyondskin/project/NMF
Natali Márquez was a young woman living in Bogotá, Colombia who dedicated her life to helping others and bring Peace to Colombia & Beyond working with Escuelas de Paz (Schools of Peace).In March 2017 she visited Northern Ireland to help facilitate a #youth4peace summit with Beyond Skin and partners from other countries.
Alongside creative peace activists Natali co-founded ArtsDialogue whilst also influencing the development of the programmes building relations between Colombia & Northern Ireland. www.beyondskin.net/colombia
Natali was a bright, creative, outgoing, kind and positive person, always putting others first and an inspirational role model for young people. Her visit therefore had a huge impact on young people in Northern Ireland and other Peacebuilders from around the globe. Natali helped to establish the #ArtsDialogue network forging together strong relationships with artists and peace activists working across the world in areas of conflict & post conflict.
in February 2018 sadly Natali died due to brain cancer.
In March 2018 a tree was planted at Mount Stewart Northern ireland in memory of Natali and on 12th December during Human Rights week the Natali Márquez foundation was launched.
Launch gallery link
The Foundation aims to support young women in Northern Ireland & Colombia to assist them to develop and use their creative skills as young activist leaders, defenders of human rights, and agents of social change. The Foundation was established by Natali's sister Ingrid , Amada Benevides (Escuelas de Paz), Shelley Deane (Brehon Advisory) and Darren Ferguson (Beyond Skin). The United Network of Young Peacebuilders are also supporting the Foundation's work through their network.
Produced for the 2nd anniversary of the Foundation Launch 12th December 2020
Prints are available to purchase to raise funds for the Foundation