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.
  • 10,611 children participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 16 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 3 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 8,239 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 855 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
  • 1,500 people received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 248 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 3 health facilities received medical equipment and supplies to better care for children and families
  • "400 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy"
  • 695 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
  • 169 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 3,780 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 340 children affected by disaster or displacement were protected and cared for at child friendly spaces
  • 500 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 7 children clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
  • 34 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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