Working With Children in Colombia

Until recently, the Colombian government and armed insurgents have been embroiled in a brutal, decades-long conflict. Nearly six million people fled their homes and generations have grown up with violence, instability and hunger.

As the country begins the long journey of recovery, we are working with families and children in Colombia to promote a culture of peace. Communities are increasing their capacity to monitor the rights of children and to respond to situations of risk and abuse. Youths are encouraged to stay in school to help break the cycle of violence. Through investments in health and education, we help youths and families increase their income for a more successful future.

Your impact in Colombia

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with the support of Canadian child sponsors in the past year:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • We brought together volunteers, local leaders, parents and children to create child protection norms and positive respectful relationships
  • 2,798 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 379 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 244 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • Families participated in trainings on the prevention of infectious diseases and how to lower the risk of contracting the Zika virus
  • 997 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 150 children and women were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 136 children in Colombia received deworming medications and vitamins to improve their health
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • We trained teachers on child-friendly teaching methods and provided students with extra tutoring in reading, writing and math
  • 1,658 children in Colombia received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 373 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 12 clubs are in place for children and youths to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 150 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income

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