PLAN INTERNATIONAL IN COLOMBIA

We've been working in Colombia since 1962. Our programs are helping to build a better life for children in more than 190 communities.

CHALLENGES

Millions of Colombians are also enduring great inequality, with limited access to education, clean water and healthcare in rural areas, particularly for people displaced by conflict.
  • Around two million children in Colombia have been displaced by military conflict.
  • Violence in families, schools and communities is widespread.
  • Around 45% of children, adolescents and youth live in poverty - 17% live in extreme poverty.
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A child having his teeth checked by a Plan International health worker.
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Children dancing outside their school, supported by Plan International.
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An agriculture student feeds her chickens as part of a vocational training program.

HOW WE'RE HELPING

Plan International has trained volunteers to help identify children at risk and encourage their parents and carers to take part in a project to help change their behaviour and find alternative methods of discipline.

Over a period of three to four months, parents learn how to use communication, respect and affection to build new and better relationships with their children, creating a new generation of gentle, loving parents.

This is one of the ways we are helping to break the cycle of violence, conflict and abuse, and promote positive parenting within families. We are also helping students stay on at school and get the education they need to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. We are helping parents protect their kids from disease by making sure they have access to clean water and health care.

We work with teenagers in Colombia, giving them the encouragement and support they need to continue their education, and we also teach them about sexual and reproductive health.