COLOMBIA

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Situation

On 7th August 2018, Iván Duque Márquez was elected new President of Colombia for a four-year term. On the very day of his inauguration, a peaceful march was held at the national level to denounce the crimes committed since the beginning of the year against social leaders. This mobilization was also aimed at demanding that the government take concrete action to put an end to these crimes. Since the beginning of the year, 230 defenders of human rights and the environment have been murdered, according to the Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz)[1]. In addition, the National Migration Service has revealed figures on the arrival of Venezuelan migrants. In the first half of the year these figures invoke more than 106,000 families arrived on Colombian soil. According to a survey of the World Food Program (PMA), 80% of Venezuelan refugees suffer currently from food insecurity[2].

In Magangué (Bolivar region), the Atucsara organization continues its work with populations displaced by the armed conflict[3], on 3 axes: food security, community development and school for peace. Its purpose: to enable these communities to recreate an organized social network, to claim their rights, to meet their basic needs. Poverty and social inequalities, but especially violence and lack of public infrastructure remain the main issues identified. Young people are a favourite prey for the recruitment by micro-trafficking gangs into illegal activities.

For 15 years Vivere has been supporting the nutritional component of the global community project that Atucsara is carrying out with the support of the friendly association CATLEYA. Young people implement integration and citizen participation strategies to prevent the influence of gangs, delinquency and micro-trafficking in their community. The children who benefited from canteens since the beginning of the project are now young leaders and are actively working at the School for Peace.

 

Objectives

Nutritional assistance to particularly vulnerable children in neighbourhoods of Nueva Colombia, Yati, La Peña, Santa Fe and Barranca Yuca

170 children at-risk have one meal a day in the canteen, and 70 children have an enhanced snack.

Local partner: Atucsara ass.

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Achievements

School canteens run by women’s associations in community centers or housed in the home of a local woman, enabled 170 children (63 children already present in 2017 and 107 new ones) between 5 and 14 years old

Nueva Colombia: 55 children
Yati:55 children
La Peña: 30 children and
Barranca Yuca: 30 children) to receive one meal a day.

In Santa Fe, 69 children participating in the dance and music awareness sessions benefited from enhanced snacks.

Children participated in activities including school reinforcement, dance, sports, values education. A total of 239 children benefited from the program that helped improve their nutritional status and school level: 80 of them have a normal or good academic level, 85 were able to improve it, and 68 were struggling to achieve goals.