As the political and humanitarian situation in Colombia evolves, so do the threats facing children. At CCC we continuously carry out research to identify neglected issues threatening children’s rights. We use our findings to guide the direction of our work in Colombia - the issues we work on, the regions we work in, and the partner organisations we work with.
The highest priorities will be reviewed at the beginning of 2023 to be sure we are tackling the most neglected issues in Colombia. Furthermore, there are 3 cross-cutting topics that are involved in our current projects and that could evolve to become a higher priority.
1. Awareness raising among young people about the environment
The current climate change situation urges all of our projects to be aware of the natural environment and making choices that benefit the earth, rather than hurt it. Some of the ways to practice environmental awareness include: conserving energy and water, recycling, activism, and more. CCC is already working on environmental issues in its project with Acadesan in rural Chocó.
2. Children and young people on the move
To date, Colombia hosts around 1.8 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants and has the highest number of internally displaced people (IDPs), according to the United Nations. In its annual report, the UNHCR, the agency in charge of monitoring forced displacement, said Colombia had 7.7 million IDPs.
Among these figures, there are many children and young people. CCC is currently working with some Venezuelan families that live in the “Zona de Tolerancia” in Bogota and is planning to work with indigenous and Venezuelan children in la Guajira in 2021. Additionally, most of the children that participate in the CDE project in Quibdó belong to families of internally displaced people.
Covid-19 has affected all the projects implemented by CCC in 2020 and was a key factor to take into account in the design of 2021 projects. The pandemic will be an important cross-cutting issue that will have an impact on all our projects for several years to come.