Our local staff help improve the health of children and their mothers by providing better access to water and improved hygiene conditions. We help young people in conflict with the law take responsibility for their actions without being imprisoned.

The situation in Colombia

Armed conflict has left the country extremely poor. Millions of people have been forced into exile. Many children are recruited as soldiers at a very young age. Children and young people are also at high risk of sexual exploitation and child labour. In 2015, we’ve reached more than 1’230 children and adolescents in communities with a high risk of recruitment from armed forces.

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, in Bogotá and Soacha, Tdh trains legal professionals on restorative juvenile justice. In this way, young people take responsibility for their actions while avoiding detention. The programme has a positive impact in terms of preventing criminal behaviour and reoffending. In 2015, 8'000 children benefited from the implementation of national guidelines for children in conflict with the law.

Water and hygiene

To improve the health of children and their mothers in the Córdoba department, our teams work to provide better access to water and sanitation facilities and improve hygiene conditions. We also fight malnutrition in children who are victims of violence and armed conflict. Our experts have trained community agents in health and child protection in 2015, which has benefited 1848 children and 441 families in vulnerable communities..

«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 2015

4'243 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

1 / 48

Budget 2016

CHF 702,972.-

Where we work

Cartagena, the Córdoba department (Tierralta, Montelibano, Puerto Libertador and Ayapel), Bogotá, Soacha

Local partners 

Profamilia, Colombian Civil Defence, the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF)


Where we work

Supported by


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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Related publications

Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2015.
Community practices in child protection. Examples of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Nicaragua
Thematic policy - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

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