Fighting among non-government forces, drug traffickers and the military has created the largest population of internally-displaced people outside Syria — at least six million. More than a third of Colombia’s population lives below the poverty line and the country has one of the worst income inequality rates in the world.
- Children & Youth: Protecting the rights of children and youth afflicted by conflict and abuse. Providing emotional care, alternative education and critical-thinking skills to help young people close the cycle of violence and thrive.
- Emergency response: Distributing emergency supplies to families displaced by conflict and disaster, and providing them with income-generation skills to help them rebuild. Increasing the capacity of local government to provide humanitarian assistance.
- Agriculture & Food: Helping rural farmers secure land, improve water and land management, increase the availability of nutritious food for their families and lift themselves out of poverty.
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Colombia: One emergency after another in Colombia
In November, the Mayor's Office of Barranquilla requested Mercy Corps' support with a humanitarian response to the neighborhood of El Bosque that was affected by a landslide that brought down more than 300 households.
Colombia: Rising from the rubble in Barranquilla
When I first visited the neighborhood of El Bosque in Barranquilla, the landslide had affected nearly 350 families, with the partial or complete collapse of a large portion of the community. That was 10 days ago.
Colombia: Landslide — 8,635 families in Barranquilla affected
During a routine visit to one of our Disaster Prevention Pilot Projects in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia and a fast conversation with German Manota — the right-hand man of Barranquilla's Mayor — I was quickly introduced to the devastation that is currently occurring here.
Colombia: Sliding homes
Colombia: VIDEO: What "community-led" looks like
Every year thousands of families in Colombia are displaced from their homes and communities due to violence. They form resettlement camps where they can, often in undesirable locations due to lack of options.
Colombia: Sowing Seeds of Hope
During our six days in Colombia we saw extreme poverty and conflict side-by-side with hope, courage and empowerment. But most of all, we saw the seeds of lasting change taking hold.
Colombia: What does empowerment look like?
What does empowerment look like? It’s difficult to accurately depict such an intangible subject. In a small building located in the heart of Pasto, Colombia, I found a tangible example. In fact, there was a whole group of them. They wore maroon sweatshirts and name badges...
Colombia: Planting trees in Soacha
Soacha is poor but full of pride. We're helping residents beautify their community by planting trees and caring for them. It's one step toward turning a barren field into an active park for children and their parents.
Colombia: Fighting sex trafficking in Colombia's tourist jewel
Night has fallen in Cartagena, Colombia, and children are for sale.
Colombia: I've fallen in love
I have fallen in love … with Colombia. Our team arrived six days ago and over the last few days I have gathered a number of observations and, more importantly, have learned that inspiration often comes in small packages.