ABOUT US

Children Change Colombia is an international NGO that works with children and their families in Colombia to challenge poverty, inequality and violence

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

Create a better everyday life for the children and young people who are survivors or at risk from Colombia’s most neglected issues. 

We've supported...

 

  • 2.119 children to freedom from violence, abuse and neglect
  • 1.568 children to freedom from sexual exploitation
  • 2.098 children to freedom of expression 
  • 667 children to recovery from trauma
  • 1.076 children to relax, play and enjoy a range of cultural activities
  • 705 children to protection from involvement in war and armed conflict 

Our Aims

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.

1. Defend the rights of the children most at risk by:

Keeping them safe from immediate harm but also defending their rights in the long term

2. Tackle neglected issues that few others address

These are issues that pose a serious threat to children's rights and wellbeing, but on which not enough work is being done

3. Strengthen children's organisations in Colombia

We believe in strengthening local grassroots organisations to positively impact communities in the long term

Our Values

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.  

Focus on impact

Creating positive impact, ensuring projects deliver real benefits that make a real improvement to children in Colombia.

Transparency

In the information that partners and CCC share with each other, and with the general public

Horizontality

Rejecting hierarchies with our partners, the rules are consensual and there is open dialogue

Bold

Being positive in outlook, finding solutions to problems, believing in all children.

Programme Flexibility

In the implementation of projects depending on context and external changes to circumstances, there are options to adapt the activities and goals.

Inclusive

Working collaboratively with partner organisations, communities, and children without discrimination, to overcome barriers to participation.

Committed

To understanding the most complex and long-term challenges; to tackling the most neglected issues; and challenging the inequalities that put children at risk.

What We Believe

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.

What changes can children make?

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.

Personal Changes

Personal Changes

By building their self-esteem and developing their understanding of their rights, our partners help young people transform their way of thinking about themselves.

Family, Friends, Peers

Family, Friends, Peers

As children grow in confidence, they often begin to encourage the people around them to make changes that positively impact their communities.

School

School

Children can also be inspired by the projects to share what they have learned there in school, with both their peers and teachers.

Community

Community

Some young people might be interested in being community leaders, or positive role models in their community.

Local government and NGOs

Local government and NGOs

Children can also work with local government and non-governmental institutions to push for change.

National government and international advocacy

National government and international advocacy

Other children are taking their demands for change to national government and even to the international arena.