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. Between January 2014 and February 2015, nearly 18,000 adolescents – both boys and girls – were victims.

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 2014, 310 adolescents in conflict with the law benefitted from this programme.

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. In 2014, we improved living conditions for more than 8,700 boys and girls..

An Italian tourist has been convicted for sexually exploiting children in Cartagena, breaking the culture of silence surrounding this issue. This is the first time a foreign national has been found guilty in a case like this.

The Pravisani case, 2010


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Terre des hommes in Colombia

Beneficiaries in 2014

19,445 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

1 / 40

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.

Related publications

Annual report 2014 - Terre des hommes
Community practices in child protection. Examples of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Nicaragua
Thematic policy - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

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