Projects in Colombia

Projects in Colombia

The armed conflict between FARC rebels and the government ended in 2016. This means that there is still a long way to go before there is real peace in Colombia. But the way is clear for social actors to begin building peace. The partner organisations of terre des hommes schweiz are actively working for peace.

A future for young people in the countryside

In Colombia, farming families are heavily affected by the civil war. Thousands have already been threatened by armed groups and forced to leave their land. Every day new displaced persons are arriving. Our partner organisation ACA supports groups of young farmers so that they are not displaced and have a perspective in the countryside.

Life perspectives away from crime and violence

The poor district of Aguablanca in Cali is marked by the violence of the armed conflict in Colombia. Many young people end up in violent gangs due to a lack of prospects. These are sometimes linked to mafia or paramilitary groups and terrorise the population. Our partner organisation Paz y Bien seeks to talk to these young people and shows them alternative ways of life.

Young people seek alternatives to the military

An armed conflict between the military, paramilitaries and guerrilla groups has been raging in Colombia for decades. The military constantly needs new recruits, so that many young people have no other option but to follow the recruitment. More and more young men, however, are trying to refuse war and armed violence. Our partner organisation ACOOC (Acción Colectiva de Objetoras y Objetores de Conciencia) campaigns for the basic right to conscientious objection.

Alternatives for Afro-Colombian youth

The armed conflict between the military, paramilitaries and guerrillas is very pronounced in the department of Cauca. Especially the Afro-Colombian youth are caught in the spiral of violence. Our partner organisation UOAFROC (Unidad de Organizaciónes Afrocaucanas) supports the affected young people in coming to terms with their traumatic experiences, shows them alternatives to violence and strengthens their identity.

New perspectives for children and young people at risk

The metropolis of Medellín became sadly famous in the 1980s: Pablo Escobar's drug cartel controlled large parts of the global cocaine market. Even today the city is still marked by drugs and violence. Lack of future opportunities and hopelessness drive many young people into the drug trade. Our partner organisation Corporación Platohedro offers young people in Medellín meaningful leisure activities and thus carries out important prevention work.

Basic information

Simplified map of Colombia

Size: 1.1 million km² (27 times Switzerland)

Population49.1 million (5.8 times Switzerland)

Human Development Index: 0,727 (rank 95 of 185 countries)

Distribution of income in %: 76,2 (0 = equal distribution / 100% = one person has everything)

Share of population from 0 to 24 years43.3% (Switzerland: 26.5%)

Homicide rate25 per 100 000 inhabitants (Switzerland: 0.6)

Focus of work: Prevention of violence

Project Coordination

Anette Homlicher
Programme Coordination Nicaragua and Colombia
061 338 91 48 | Anette.Homlicher@terredeshommes.ch
Anette HomlicherProgramme Coordination Nicaragua and Colombia

061 338 91 48 | Anette.Homlicher@terredeshommes.ch

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