Our work in Colombia

Young people in front of the Platohedro house.
The population of Colombia suffers from forced recruitment, violence and social exclusion. Many Colombians flee to the cities, where they live in precarious conditions. The partner organisations of terre des hommes schweiz work actively for peace.
Armed conflict between military, paramilitary and guerilla forces has shaped life in Colombia for many years. That is why the main focus of the work of terre des hommes schweiz here is on promoting peace. In this country, battered by civil war, it is virtually only possible to work in the big cities. The main priorities are to prevent violence and help people to work through their violent experiences.

Escape to the big cities
The armed conflict affects women and girls particularly severely. Many of them have left their villages, under threat of death, been raped or killed. To protect their children from forced recruitment into the armed militias, many mothers flee to the cities, where they live in abject poverty. Farmers also escape to the cities. The growing influence of drugs plays a large part in financing the armed conflict, which has long since stopped being political in nature and is now criminal and Mafia-related. There are repeated incidences of people being driven off their land.

Towards a violence-free society
Projects run by terre des hommes schweiz help children and young people to come to terms with their traumatic experiences. One important component of this is teaching them to be non-violent. Together, they work out alternatives to violence. Our partner organisations also help young people to work for the demilitarisaton of society and against forced recruitment.
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Help for young people from young people.

In all its work in every single country it is involved in, terre des hommes schweiz relies on the strengths of young people. That is why the training programme Youth2Youth has been developed and is growing constantly.