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Children Change Colombia is dedicated to supporting the community of Colombians in the UK

Colombia in the UK

Colombia in the UK According to the most recent census, there are nearly 37,000 Colombians living in the UK. As a UK-registered charity, we’re dedicated to supporting our community across the …

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Marcela attends our project to prevent sexual violence

Marcela’s story

Marcela is 15 years old and lives with her mother, stepfather, brother, sister-in-law and nephew in Bogotá. The relationships in her household have often been problematic, and left her feeling like she’s wasting her time and that she’s useless. Since joining the project, she has learned how to be more tolerant and how to build healthier relationships with her family.

Sandra attends our project to combat sexual violence and exploitation

Sandra’s story

After running away from home at 11 years old and getting involved in taking and dealing drugs, Sandra felt hopeless and turned to sex work to support her 2 children. With the support of our livelihood project for sexual workers in Bogotá, she has been able to leave sex work and has begun studying to be able to provide a better future for herself and her kids.

Cecilia attends our project to tackle child recruitment in Bogotá

Cecilia’s story

After being placed in an overcrowded institution after fleeing a guerrilla group, Cecilia was brought to Bogotá to live in a foster home and rebuild her life.

Once an anxious child who dreamed of escaping, she now dreams of becoming a businesswoman and setting up her own hotel chain.

Meg is our Communications Intern

Meg Short

Fundraising and Communications Volunteer

Meet Our Patron: Fernando Montaño

Born in Buenaventura, one of Colombia’s most dangerous cities, Fernando is now Principal Guest Ballet Dancer and Honoris Causa Doctor of the Arts at the University of Bath, two-time winner of the Latin-UK Awards and a judge for Colombia’s Dancing With the Stars.

He is passionate about the transformative power of dance, and as our Patron he hopes he can make a difference to the lives of children and young people across Colombia.

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