The Terre des Hommes Italia foundation offers comprehensive education to children in Colombia
An opportunity for young people from displaced families to access education and healthcare
According to data from the Government of Colombia, at the end of 2021, there were almost 8,219,403 victims of forced displacement in the country due to events related to the armed conflict, violence and the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
Due to the difficulties displaced people face when trying to rebuild their lives, the Terre des Hommes Italia Foundation helps the most needy families by distributing food and healthcare kits and by offering support, educational and psychological assistance to vulnerable children, for whom it also organizes recreational and cultural activities.
The project “Towards a comprehensive education: school support and training in values to combat school dropout” seeks to help improve the quality of life of 240 children and adolescents, students between the ages of 6 and 21, who live in poor and marginalized sectors of Bogotá and Cúcuta. They were either displaced to these areas from the countryside, fleeing the Colombian armed conflict that mainly affects rural communities, or they arrived in Colombia with their families because of the serious social and economic crisis in Venezuela.
Thanks to the collaboration of promoters, teachers and volunteers, children and adolescents from these neighborhoods receive constant educational support designed to improve their study habits and academic performance, preventing them from repeating years of school or dropping out entirely. At the same time, they are helped to overcome behavioral problems, resolve conflicts and adapt to new realities, improving their personal and social skills. In addition, comprehensive training spaces are provided to encourage them to adopt good hygiene and personal care habits, as well as proper nutrition.