Projects in Colombia

A future for young people on the land
A future for young people in rural areas
Farming families in Colombia have been badly affected by the civil war. Thousands have been threatened by armed militias and forced to leave their land. New refugees join them every day. Our partner organisation ACA helps groups of young farmers not to allow themselves to be driven out but to see that they have a future on their land.

Picture from the project: "Making peace with violent young people"
Opportunities for a life without crime
The disadvantaged district of Aguablanca in Calì is scarred by the violence of the armed conflict in Colombia. Many young people end up in violent gangs because they have no other prospects. The gangs are sometimes linked to Mafia or paramilitary groups, are fierce rivals and terrorise the local population. Our partner organisation Paz y Bien tries to talk to these young people and show them alternative opportunities for their lives.

Picture from the project: "Young people against war and the militarisation of life"
Young people against war and the militarisation of life
An armed conflict between rebels and the military forces in Colombia has been going on for decades. The rich can buy their way out of doing military service, but the poor are often dragged into it against their will. For many young people there is only one option: to refuse to take part in the war and the armed conflict. Our partner organisation ACOOC fights against the unequal treatment of rich and poor, the contempt for freedom of conscience and the indiscriminate recruiting of children and young people.

Picture from the project: "Life alternatives for young Afro-Colombians"
Alternatives in life for young Afro-Colombians
The armed conflict between the military, paramilitary and guerilla forces in Colombia is particularly fierce in the region of Cauca. It is the Afro-Colombian young people especially who are caught up in the spiral of violence. Our partner organisation UOAFROC (Unidad de Organizaciones Afrocaucanas) helps young people who have been affected by violence to work through their traumatic experiences, shows them alternatives to violence and strengthens their sense of identity.

Picture from the project: "Using art and culture to combat youth violence"
Using art and culture to fight against youth violence
The district of Bosa in Colombia's capital, Bogotá, is scarred by social tensions, unemployment, violence and drugs. There is virtually nothing meaningful for young people to do in their free time. Our partner organisation Videos y Rollos offers young people classes in theatre, music and video-making. Through art and culture they learn how to express anti-violence messages and actively use their opportunities to influence local politics.

Picture from the project: "Meeting-place for young people"
Meeting place for young people
The district of Unidad de Planeación Zonal 89 (UPZ89) in Bogotá is dominated by violence, drugs, criminality and social tensions. Young people are all stigmatised as violent in the media, even though they themselves are also victims. The youth club Barrios del Mundo works to counter the all-prevailing violence in UPZ 89 with art and culture. The young people learn to express their feelings through artistic media like dance, circus, theatre and music and how to express messages about living together without violence.
The Youth2Youth logo


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.