Who are we?
We are a UK based charity that supports projects for children in Colombia. We work with our partners to protect children from sexual exploitation, gender-based violence and forced recruitment.
The current situation in Colombia
In Colombia many problems have worsened during the Coronavirus crisis, among them hunger and the needs of the most vulnerable populations. During this international emergency, the children we support are more at risk than ever.
All of the children and young people our partners work with come from economically precarious families who rely on informal employment to survive, with little to no savings and living each day hand to mouth. During the lockdown they cannot go to work and receive their daily income, which has made covering the rent, food and toiletries extremely difficult.
What are we doing with our partners?
We are working with our partners on the ground so they can support affected communities of children and their families and address the needs of the most neglected groups, who are facing food insecurity and evictions.
Our campaign has three aims:
- Provide emergency food and toiletries packages of basic necessities.
- Provide housing subsidies to keep a roof over the heads of families who are facing evictions.
- Provide a remote support network communicating online and over the phone, so that the children do not lose contact with their support workers and can continue to receive psycho-social support, keeping them safe during the lockdown. This is now more important than ever, as the risks the children face are likely to increase as a result of the pandemic.
The smallest donation can make a difference. If you know someone that can help us, please share this message with them. In these times of crisis, these children need you now more than ever.
Our partners have also designed home-based tasks and activities so that the children can continue learning, acquiring new skills and developing values whilst having fun with their families. Our partner CRAN’s activities focus on the expression of feelings and the strengthening of coping tools, emphasizing values of solidarity and kindness. While our partner ACJ promotes play as an important tool for learning, family bonding and managing emotions.
María aged 27, has 5 children between 4 and 13 years old. Since the lockdown, María has been forced to stop her work as a street vendor, which was her family's source of income. This has left them unable to afford daily necessities such as food and toiletries, as well as living in constant fear of being evicted.
Our partner in Bogotá, ACJ, is providing them with financial support so they can pay the rent and also giving them food & toiletry packages with basic necessities.
With your donation CCC will be able to help ACJ support many more families in crisis like María and her children.
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