The peace agreement with the FARC in 2016 marked the end of more than 50 years of conflict. However, illegal armed groups are still a reality. Children are vulnerable to recruitment and sexual exploitation. Access to health care in communities is limited and the presence of state institutions is weak in the regions that are controlled by armed groups. Our goal is to train communities in health and child protection. We help young people in conflict with the law find alternatives to prison for a better reintegration into society.

What we do

Juvenile justice

We aim to ensure children and young people in conflict with the law are treated in a manner that is fair and suitable for their age. For this reason, Tdh trains legal professionals on restorative juvenile justice. With this approach, young people take responsibility for their actions while avoiding detention. The programme has a positive impact in terms of preventing criminal behaviour and reoffending and gives them the possibility to reintegrate into society. To prevent violence, we sensitise pupils in schools about peaceful conflict resolution.

Water and hygiene

To improve the health of children and their mothers in the Córdoba department, our teams work to provide better access to drinking water and sanitation facilities. We also fight malnutrition in children who are victims of violence and armed conflict. Our experts train community agents in health and child protection to spread the message in their communities. Therefore, children from vulnerable backgrounds are better protected.

«We had to go to the toilet in plastic bags and bury the bags in the garden. It's much better now that we have toilets. We also have showers where we feel safe.»

Luisa, an internally displaced person in the Córdoba region


Terre des hommes in Colombia

Beneficiaries in 2017


4684 people

Expatriate staff / National staff


1 / 30

Budget 2018


CHF 1,160,797.-


Where we work

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Tdh begins its Colombian operations by working with poor communities in Barranquilla.
Tdh's local staff create an organisation, the Fundación Infancia Feliz (FIF). Tdh supports this organisation, which seeks to educate children from underprivileged social classes, until 2003.
A series of projects are launched for displaced people in Cartagena's shantytowns. These projects aim to prevent malnutrition in children between 0 and 6 and run psychological and social activities for children between 6 and 14 in three neighbourhoods. Later on, these projects are taken over and continued by local organisations.
Tdh moves closer to conflict zones to help displaced persons suffering from armed violence.

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