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Children in the a poor district of Medellín
In Colombia

we support victims of the armed conflict and Venezuelan migrants. We are improving the health and nutrition situation in poor areas of the city of Medellín and providing humanitarian aid in rural areas.

International Assistance in Colombia

Why We Are On Site

Life in Colombia is characterized by extreme social inequality, decades of armed conflict and organised drug trafficking. Despite the peace agreement of 2016 between the government and the largest guerrilla group FARC-EP, there is no end in sight to the violence. Many people are forced to flee rural areas in particular. Armed groups are deliberately driving the population away and occupying the precious land in order to increase the area for drug cultivation, animal husbandry and monoculture. This leads to uprooting, great poverty and further increases social inequality. Added to this is the political and economic crisis in neighbouring Venezuela. More than one million Venezuelans have migrated to Colombia due to hunger, hyperinflation and economic decline.

9
Years Active in the Country
We have been helping in Colombia since 2011
7.700.000
Internally Displaced Persons
has Colombia registered since 1985
25.000
People
could be reached in 2019
2
Partner Organisations
implemented the projects on the ground

What We Achieve Together with our Partner Organisations

Our local partner organisations are committed to improving the living conditions of internally displaced persons and Venezuelan refugees. They improve the health and nutrition situation of vulnerable populations in poor neighbourhoods in the city Medellín and provide humanitarian aid in the rural surrounding area. These measures include psychosocial support, improvement of the drinking water supply, orthopaedic care for physically handicapped people and measures against malnutrition. In the border region between Colombia and Ecuador, our partner organisations carry out cross-border projects that aim to improve the food security and income bases of local indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities. The protection of natural resources and sustainability are important criteria.

Project News from Colombia

  • Escape from Ruin
    Sergio La Cruz in his accommodation

    Escape from Ruin

    20.12.2018

    Venezuelan citizens are seeking a better life and support in neighbouring Colombia. Johanniter and its partners support them and internally displaced persons of the Colombian conflict equally.

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