Support, empower and protect children and young people that are survivors or are at risk of the most neglected issues in Colombia, by strengthening local grassroots to positively impact their communities and defend their rights in the long term.
Create a better everyday life for the children and young people who are survivors or at risk from Colombia’s most neglected issues.
Since 1991, we have been working in partnership with local children’s organisations who have a proven record in defending the rights of children most affected by poverty, inequality and conflict.
With our partners, we protect these children from violence, sexual exploitation and neglect, keep them out of the hands of armed groups, and help them demand change. Importantly, we also work with adults – parents, teachers, policy makers – to help them keep children safe now and protect them in the long-term.
Children Change Colombia’s institutional values represent the values that the organisation needs to develop or strengthen to meet the goals it has agreed to achieve in the next 5 years. These values should be used to inform decision-making.
A child’s vulnerability often has multiple causes and many different people and institutions have an influence on their welfare: for example, a child’s risk of being a victim of commercial sexual exploitation is affected by their parents’ economic situation, the quality of their local school, the professionalism of their social worker and the protection they receive from the police.
For this reason, Children Change Colombia believes that if all children in Colombia are to enjoy their right to a safe and happy childhood, children, families, communities, government and non-government agencies must work together.
Colombia needs the talents and experiences of all its children and young people, in particular those who have been excluded because of poverty, inequality and violence, in order to create a truly ‘post-conflict’ society. They must be listened to, not spoken for. And now is the time to include them in the process.
We work with excluded children, to empower them to participate in the development of their country. To fail to include them would be to waste the full capacity of Colombian society, to miss the opportunity to make a more democratic, more equal society, and to deny these children their right to have their voices heard.
By building their self-esteem and developing their understanding of their rights, our partners help young people transform their way of thinking about themselves.
As children grow in confidence, they often begin to encourage the people around them to make changes that positively impact their communities.
Children can also be inspired by the projects to share what they have learned there in school, with both their peers and teachers.
Some young people might be interested in being community leaders, or positive role models in their community.
Children can also work with local government and non-governmental institutions to push for change.
Other children are taking their demands for change to national government and even to the international arena.