Help displaced families, landmine victims, former child soldiers and other victims of Colombia’s armed conflict get the assistance and skills they need to rebuild their lives.
Fighting among left-wing guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries, drug traffickers and the army has created the largest population of internally displaced people outside Sudan — at least four million and growing.
- Children & Youth: Helping newly demobilized child soldiers reintegrate into society and preventing at-risk children from being recruited into armed groups
- Emergency response: Providing families displaced by conflict and flooding with emergency assistance and income-generation skills
- Conflict & Governance: Helping communities peacefully resolve existing land conflicts and formalize land ownership
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Colombia: Video: ¡Vivo Jugando!
Young people in the southern Colombian city of Ipiales are learning respect for each other through Mercy Corps' sports for change program, "Vivo Jugando." It's part of our effort to prevent gender-based violence, a growing concern in a region severely affected by the country's armed conflict.
Colombia: Displaced but not disempowered
Colombia: Raising the visibility of the 'invisibles'
I'm on my way to Bogotá today to begin a two-week tour of Mercy Corps programs in Colombia.
Colombia: A marginalized culture moves closer to gaining its own power
A micro-hydroelectric energy project is making a difference for one of Colombia's most isolated and marginalized ethnic groups.
Colombia: Video: Kids enjoy peace for one day in Santander
Colombia: Shipping Clothing to Colombia's Landmine Victims
Landmines don't choose their victims. Most people who set one off escape with their lives, but suffer permanently disabling injuries. And in Colombia's impoverished countryside — home to one of the highest concentrations of landmines in the world — survivors have few places to turn for help.
Colombia: Tools for life
As I stand over a particularly energetic fifth grade boy to keep him from kicking the girl next to him, I’m amazed: they’re actually quiet. And still — for the most part. These five minutes of stillness could be the most important gift that these kids have received all week.
Colombia: Building children's confidence through sport
I am a Material Aid Officer with Mercy Corps – which means I work with massive (truckload sized-quantities) donations of product. The donated materials my team works with run the gamut: from computers to textbooks to sports equipment to pharmaceuticals.
Colombia: Gloria and Don Guillermo: A Way Forward
Bogotá, Colombia — When the violence swept through the village of Libano in 2001, Gloria Arieza was in no shape to leave. She had a one-year-old child and a second in her belly. Still, she and her partner, Don Guillermo, had no choice but to flee.
Colombia: Ciro: Finishing Time