Lasting more than 60 years, the armed conflict in Colombia has left over 600,000 dead and 15,000 missing. More than 4.5 million people – one of every ten Colombians – have fled their homes.
While recent peace negotiations began in 2012, the violence has yet to decrease.
In response to the on-going armed conflict, the LWF prioritizes three areas: the promotion of human rights, long-term sustainable development and humanitarian action.
What we’re doing in Colombia
With our long history of supporting human rights, we develop and implement strategies to protect community leaders, advocates and human rights defenders. In our sustainable livelihood work, we prioritize vulnerable populations and support agricultural initiatives that particularly benefit women and indigenous groups.
As a faith-based organization rooted in local communities, we remain hopeful that an end to the fighting will come. Yet we also know that as long as the fighting continues, humanitarian needs will remain. Therefore, we continue to develop our own capacity and the capacity of local organizations to meet the needs of those most affected by the war.
Protection provided to human rights defenders and children
Shadow reports provided to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Universal Periodic Review on Colombia
Food security improved in rural communities through capacity building on agro-ecological techniques, and the delivery of seeds and tools for subsistence plantations
Local partner advocacy and communications improved through the establishment of communications plans
Complaints mechanism published in Spanish for communities to uphold accountability standards