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.
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: Crossing the Bridge
Cartagena, Colombia — White-sand beaches and teal Caribbean waters draw thousands of sun worshippers to the nearby Islas de Rosario, but no tourists have ever stepped foot in the neighborhood locals call "Isla de Leon."
Colombia: Starting Over
Uprooted from their lands, displaced families are trying to reestablish their lives in Colombia's cities.
Colombia: A Way Forward
Cartagena, Colombia — For María Balanta, the lone banana tree on her tiny plot of land is not a reminder of a past she'd rather forget, but rather a symbol of a future she's trying to forge.
Colombia: Room to Grow
Bogotá, Colombia — Greenhouses are not a common sight in Colombia's crowded capital. But on the southern edge of town, a rocky hillside hosts a half-dozen covered gardens that are offering nourishment for both the body and soul of people like Marleny Yara.
Colombia: For Leidi, a Place to Eat