Photo: Juan Duque / ICRC Colombia

Colombia: Communities tell their stories

Being on the side of the communities most affected by armed conflict and violence means building projects together. During 2023, we worked side by side with those who trusted our teams on the ground. We believe in the inherent capacity of these communities who have become architects of their own destiny.
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It is not only about rebuilding physical structures, but also about strengthening the foundations of the community. That is why we value diversity and inclusion as fundamental pillars of our work.

A history of community ties in Arauca

In the village of La Esperanza, in Tame, we worked hand in hand with 33 farming families to improve the economic and food security of the community. We worked together to promote a pig-breeding project that has the inhabitants of this area dreaming of a future full of opportunities.

Recovery and handing over of three missing brothers in southern Córdoba

After 15 years of waiting, the family of Héctor, Luis and Rafael were able to give them a dignified farewell. In 2021, we recovered the bodies of these three brothers, who disappeared in 2008, in southern Córdoba. After two years of forensic identification work, we were able to hand over the bodies to their families.

Vegetable gardens create a safe environment in the department of Meta

With our help, over 300 students from the Centro Educativo Río Duda [Río Duda Educational Centre] in Brisas del Duda learned the skills needed to plant school vegetable gardens and grow avocados. With this project, small entrepreneurs contribute to the sustainability and food security of their families and communities.

Food sovereignty and agricultural training in the Valle del Cauca

For the inhabitants of La Cabaña, in the rural area of Jamundí, encouraging farming among the younger generations has been a challenge. That is why, together with a group of teachers, we set up this project of school gardens and livestock education with a common goal: food sovereignty of a commu- nity affected by armed conflicts.