Meet our team
Children Change Colombia's team currently has ten members of staff, based in the UK and Colombia.
Fundraising and Finance Assistant
Grace joined Children Change Colombia in July 2016 and works part time as our Fundraising and Finance Assistant. She works alongside our Finance Manager managing incoming donations and grants to partners as well as working with the fundraising team to develop and deliver new campaigns and fundraising ideas. Grace developed a passion for Colombia after working there as an English teacher for a year. She worked with children and young people from marginalised backgrounds and upon her return felt passionate about working to empower children to drive change and build bright and positive futures.
Administration and Finance Coordinator, Colombia
Blanca is a 22 years old, from Cali with a background in administrative support. She previously participated in a programme run by FFF, one of Children Change Colombia’s former partners, for 2 years. This sparked Blanca’s interest in working for charitable causes focusing on child protection, health and supporting children and young people at risk. She is responsible for managing all administrative and financial tasks in our office in Bogotá. She also supports the Project Officers and our Colombia-based fundraiser and works closely with our Operations Manager supporting her with ad hoc tasks. She is passionate about empowering children and young people to make positive changes in their lives and guaranteeing that the rights of children and young people at risk are not ignored.
Fundraising and Communications Officer
Hannah joined Children Change Colombia in July 2014. She is responsible for raising and reporting on funds from trusts and foundations, supporting work with partners in Colombia, and coordinating Children Change Colombia's communications. As part of her university studies she spent a year teaching English in five state schools in Medellín and travelled across Colombia. She developed a deep passion for the country’s people, culture and history as well as gaining first-hand experience of the difficulties children there can face. She has experience in administration, fundraising and international volunteer management in the UK, Spain and South America and is excited by the opportunity her diverse role gives her to reconnect with Colombia and support Children Change Colombia’s important work there.
Events and Community Fundraiser
Doreta organises a variety of fundraising events in London and works closely with a network of volunteers in raising funds through sports challenges and community events. Before joining Children Change Colombia in June 2016, Doreta worked in the charity sector in Greece on the promotion and support of the arts and culture in the city of Athens. Being half Colombian and a firm believer in empowering children and young people to make positive changes to their communities and country as a whole, Doreta feels very passionate about raising funds to support such an important and inspiring mission.
Fundraising and Finance Intern
As Fundraising and Finance Intern, Alex provides support and administrative assistance in fundraising, supporter engagement, communications and events. He developed a strong interest in Colombia after spending a year teaching English in a public high school in Bucaramanga. During this time, he worked with children and teenagers and saw first-hand the ways in which young people in Colombia are helping to bring positive change to their schools and communities. Alex feels excited to be involved with a charity that is promoting rights and creating better futures for vulnerable children in Colombia, something that he feels very passionately about.
Duncan became Executive Director in July 2014. Ever since his first trip to Colombia as a student, Colombia has been a big part of Duncan's life. Most recently, he's had seven years' experience managing Children Change Colombia's partnerships in Colombia. Duncan feels lucky to become director at an exciting time for Colombia. Colombians have the opportunity to create a more prosperous, safer and fairer society. Children Change Colombia wants to help make this happen. That's why we work with children whom poverty, violence and inequality have excluded from the joys of life in Colombia.
Jennifer became committed to promoting children's rights in Latin America after working in a primary school in Guatemala. Since then she has travelled extensively throughout the region, most recently to Colombia. After receiving a Masters degree in Human Rights, she worked in women's and children's rights charities, before joining Children Change Colombia in September 2011. She works closely with our Colombian based Project Directors to manage our current partnerships in Colombia, find and develop new partnerships, and understand the ways in which our partners' work is changing children's lives. Jennifer feels very privileged to be involved with the inspirational work of our partners in Colombia and the children who they work with.
Susie has worked part time at Children Change Colombia for over five years managing the finances. Susie has over 30 years experience in Accounts. Working life started in the City in Shipping but when her children were small Susie moved into the Not for Profit sector with an exciting role for Women's Aid and has not looked back since. An interest in women's rights, children's rights, health, the environment and solidarity has inevitably led to work in International Development. However, Susie's interest in languages has yet to result in fluent Spanish – a goal for 2018!
Project Officer, Colombia
Natalia is an anthropologist with a Masters in Education and Social Development. She has worked for Children Change Colombia since 2012, supporting the projects run by our partners in the central and northern areas Colombia. As a result of her 10 year's experience working in the public and private sectors, Natalia is focused on encouraging Children Change Colombia's partners to make their projects relevant, flexible, cooperative and respectful of diversity so that the young people and families they work with are fully supported and empowered. She also hopes to help Children Change Colombia become a link between Colombia's public and private institutions and local NGOs, with the aim of creating a network within which actions for high-impact and lasting change can be articulated and developed.
Lina Valbuena Silva
Institutional Relations Manager
Lina María is from Colombia, she has a degree in Foreign Affairs specialising in International Cooperation. Lina has over six years experience building strategic partnerships to strengthen organizations both within the private and NGO sector. She has contribuited with the sustainability of different social projects in Colombia and U.S. She feels excited to be part of the team at Children Change Colombia. She is passionate about creating more opportunities for stakeholders to partner with Children Change Colombia to directly contribute to strengthen our projects and generate a great impact in Colombia. Lina is a firm believer that defending the rights of children at risk is really important to create a more dignified and fairer society.
Project Officer, Colombia
Camilo is one of our two project officers - he trained as a sociologist and has been working on projects and organisations related to children and young people since 2005. He has developed his skills whilst working in different regions of Colombia, in both rural and urban areas, and with different populations including Afro-Colombians, indigenous groups, farmers, and young people. Camilo has experience working in various roles within the development sector in Colombia, including working directly with children and young people and managing local and national projects. Camilo is passionate about his work and he truly believes that children and young people are changing Colombia.
Franziska Von Blumenthal
Programmes Research Intern
Franziska has worked in the education sector for the past six years, most recently turning her attention to educational planning and development in urban areas. Her commitment to promoting children’s rights stems form witnessing young people being denied their right to education, either through exclusion or from living in environments that create obstacles to positive educational outcomes, in Latin America and Europe. Franziska has recently graduated from a Master’s degree in Educational Planning, Economics and International Development, with a dissertation on the effects of urban development in Medellín on the environments of adolescents living in areas dominated by illegal armed groups. At CCC, Franziska carries out research into neglected issues facing children in Colombia, as well as supporting us to measure and understand the impact of their work on the children, adults and organisations we support.