Emergency in the Sahel
Support the urgent needs of children in the Sahel affected by the food crisis  

Colombia

Despite the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC signed in 2016, the conflict is still ongoing and increases the risks for children and adolescents towards recruitment by armed groups, sexual exploitation and involvement in criminal activities. Access to healthcare in communities is limited and state institutions are very weak in regions controlled by armed groups. Terre des hommes (Tdh) train communities to improve health and child protection services while linking them to institutional duty bearers.

What we do

Health and Wash

To improve the health of children and their families in the departments of Córdoba, Antioquia and Chocó, our teams work to provide better access to drinking water, sanitation facilities and health services. We also fight malnutrition affecting 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 while linking them to institutional duty bearers.

Child protection

We provide psychosocial support to children and their caregivers who are victims of the conflict in the departments of Córdoba, Antioquia and Chocó. Children and adolescents participate in recreational activities in our child-friendly spaces. We train parents on communication, conflict resolution, stages of child development and parenting skills. In the departments of Córdoba and Antioquia, we work in schools to fill learning gaps caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. We combine this with peer-learning networks and community-based learning initiatives.

Key projects

"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 2021

 

14,711 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

 

0 / 34

Budget 2021

 

CHF 804,536

 

 

 

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.
2021
Intervention in partnership with UNHCR to foster the safe return to school after prolonged school closure due to the COVIFD-19 pandemic.
2021
Launch of a multi-departmental project to support families, communities, schools, and institutions in Northern Colombia to ensure the protection, education and health of children and adolescent affected by conflict and poverty.
2022
Intervention supported by Swiss Solidarity starts with the aim supporting schools in filling the learning gaps caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
2022
Expansion of our engagement to new localities in Carmen del Darién and Murindó.

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Annual report 2021
Thematic policy - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

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