WHAT WE DO
We work to ensure that every child can claim their right to a safe and happy childhood and a fulfilling future
Children Change Colombia aims to work with the excluded children in Colombia, the children whose voices don’t get heard.
These might be children who have been forced from their homes by the armed conflict, who are unable to gain access to an education, who have been discriminated against because they have lived in care, or because they are a girl or because of their ethnicity.
These children might be victims of sexual violence; they might have left abusive homes only to end up alone on the streets; or they might have experienced the trauma of being recruited into an illegal armed group.
These are issues that pose a serious threat to children’s rights and wellbeing, but on which not enough work is being done to counter the harm they caused.
Through partnerships with local organizations, we help children and adults develop the skills and knowledge to build protective communities that are resilient to the risks that confront them.
We select partners around Colombia who truly understand the needs of the children they work with, who have the experience to find effective solutions to the risks children face, and who are open to learning from the rest of our partners.
There are 3 cross-cutting topics that are involved in our current projects and that could evolve to become a higher priority.
As the political and humanitarian situation in Colombia evolves, so do the threats facing children. We continuously carry out research to identify neglected issues threatening children’s rights. We use our findings to guide the direction of our work in Colombia – the issues we work on, the regions we work in, and the partner organisations we work with. The highest priorities identified in 2020 for our 5 year Strategy will be reviewed at the beginning of 2023 to be sure we are tackling the most neglected issues in Colombia.