The pandemic threatens vulnerable families.


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. Additionally, the political crisis in Venezuela having caused nearly 3 million people to flee the country destabilises the region. We have set up an emergency intervention at the border with Venezuela to meet the urgent needs of migrant families.

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.

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

Tdh has opened a project in the area of Cúcuta, a border town in northern Colombia, to help various populations displaced by the crisis in Venezuela. These population movements are due to economic inflation, lack of food, medicine and fears related to internal political tensions. The situation in the Cúcuta region remains unstable due to the blockade imposed on humanitarian aid on the Venezuelan side. Tdh has set up a space dedicated to children and their families, which includes an information center with communication facilities. A lawyer is present to refer people arriving in Colombia. Tdh also distributes health kits for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

«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 2018


5699 people

Expatriate staff / National staff


3 / 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.
Terre des homes launches a project in restorative juvenile justice in Bogota.
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.
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.
The Colombian delegation becomes an office and is attached to the Andean multi-country delegation (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru).
Launch of an emergency aid intervention for vulnerable populations from Venezuela in the Norte de Santander department.

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