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Our work and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, are 17 universal goals set by the UN member states to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all. The aim is to achieve all the targets set out by the SDGs by 2030. 

The SDGs are focused on areas such as economic equality, health, education, peace and climate change among other priorities.

Here are some examples of how our work with our partners is addressing the SDGs:

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

What does Children Change Colombia do?

  • We work in areas with high levels of suicide to promote mental health and well-being through therapeutic work with victims of trauma, with Corporación Casa Amazonía.
  • We work with children and families who misuse drugs and alcohol, with Fundación CRAN and Tiempo de Juego.
  • We protect children's sexual and reproductive health and rights, by working to prevent sexual exploitation and under-age pregnancies, with Circulo de Estudios.

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

What does Children Change Colombia do?

  • We support young people to get back into education or access vocational training, with Fundación CRAN.
  • We provide access to vocational training for young people and adults, with ACJ.
  • We are developing an ethno-educational curriculum in remote Afro-Colombian communities that will make education more engaging and relevant for local pupils, with Acadesan.
  • We support indigenous children and young people to access education, and raise awareness in communities of the importance for girls to have equal access to education, with Corporación Casa Amazonía.
  • All our partners help children to understand their rights, including the right to education, and give them the confidence to demand these rights. Children are learning how to promote a culture of peace and non-violence, acceptance and understanding of diversity.

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

What does Children Change Colombia do?

  • We raise awareness of and work on the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and women, with ACJ. ACJ also promotes women's participation in community leadership.
  • We promote equal rights of women and girls and girl's access to education, with Corporación Casa Amazonía.
  • We work to protect young women from violence and exploitation in gangs and other aspects of their lives, with Tiempo de Juego. They also promote girls and young women as leaders within their communities.
  • We protect girls against conflict-related sexual violence, with Circulo de Estudios.
  • All our partners promote values of non-discrimination and non-violence among children and young people and their families and communities.

Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

What does Children Change Colombia do?

  • We support the reintegration of former child soldiers into society and prevent their re-entry into armed groups, with Fundación CRAN.
  • We prevent the recruitment of children into armed groups, with Fundescodes, Tiempo de Juego, Corporación Casa Amazonía and Circulo de Estudios.
  • We prevent and protect children against commercial sexual exploitation, with ACJ.
  • We are educating community members about the risks associated with working in polluting, exploitative illegal mines, with Acadesan.

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

What does Children Change Colombia do?

  • All our partners promote social inclusion of the most at risk children and young people regardless of age, sex, race, sexuality, ethnicity or economic status

Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems

What does Children Change Colombia do?

  • We raise awareness in remote mining communities about the environmental damage caused by deforestation, river pollution and exploitation of natural resources caused by illegal miming and drug cultivation, with Acadesan.
  • All our partners include a focus on care for the environment within their activities, and support children to run campaigns in their communities to promote recycling and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

What does Children Change Colombia do?

  • We reduce the levels of violence in marginalised communities through peace-building activities, with Fundescodes. They also work with community-based institutions to make them more effective at protecting children.
  • We work to reduce violence against children and young people, giving them the skills they need to protect themselves from violence and demand more effective institutions, with Corporación Casa Amazonía. They also open spaces for children and young people's participation in decision making within their communities.
  • We raise awareness of and prevent sexual exploitation of children and women, and promote women's participation in community leadership, with ACJ.