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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 state institutions are very weak in regions controlled by armed groups. We train communities to improve health and child protection services. To help the reintegration into society of young people in conflict with the law, we promote restorative justice and alternatives to detention.

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 young people the possibility to reintegrate into society. To prevent violence, we sensitise pupils in schools about peaceful conflict resolution.

Health and Wash

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.

Child protection

We provide psychosocial support to children and their caregivers who are , victims of the conflict in the Municipality of Turbo. Children and adolescents attend our child-friendly spaces and participate in recreational activities with a rights approach. We also involve parents and train them on issues such as communication, conflict resolution, forms of violence, stages of child development, parenting styles and skills, and the role of parents in the development of children and adolescents.

"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 2020


3776 people

Expatriate staff / National staff


0 / 27

Budget 2020


CHF 1,107,952




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 hommes 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.
Launch of an emergency aid intervention for vulnerable populations from Venezuela in the Norte de Santander department.
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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