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Despite the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC signed in 2016, illegal armed groups are still a reality. Children are vulnerable to recruitment and sexual exploitation. Access to healthcare in communities is limited and the presence of state institutions is very 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

Access to 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.

Health, water & hygiene and protection

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.

Emergency aid

After a year of emergency assistance in the Venezuelan crisis, Tdh continues to advocate for humanitarian aid through coordination meetings. Tdh has set up a Covid-19 response within its current project, especially by strengthening psychological and social support to children deprived of liberty and by distributing food and hygiene items to vulnerable families.

"We realize that we are not alone in this process, that there are still people who believe in us. Even though we made a mistake, they believe we can make it."

Jerson, former youth in conflict with the law, Colombia

Terre des hommes in Colombia

Beneficiaries in 2019

 

18,503 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

 

3 / 69

Budget 2020

 

CHF 1,200,412

 

 

 

Where we work

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Timeline

1979
Tdh begins its Colombian operations by working with poor communities in Barranquilla.
1995
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.
1999
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.
2003
Tdh moves closer to conflict zones to help displaced persons suffering from armed violence.
2012
Terre des hommes launches a project in restorative juvenile justice in Bogota.
2017
Launch of the project “Restaura-te” which aims to provide a space for discussion for 400 young people deprived of their liberty in two detention centres in Bogota.
2017
Launch of the project “Esto es otra Vuelta” to support the reinsertion of young people deprived of their liberty once their sentence has been served.
2018
Launch of an emergency aid intervention for vulnerable populations from Venezuela in the Norte de Santander department.
2019
Launch of a project benefitting children and communities that are victims of the internal armed conflict in the Antioquia Department with UNHCR support.

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