Humanity & Inclusion in Colombia
Working in Colombia since 1998, Humanity & Inclusion promotes the full participation of people with disabilities in Colombian society, including victims of internal armed conflict, and their families.
As a result of a conflict that lasted for more than 50 years between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombia is strongly impacted by armed violence.
With 31 of its 32 departments being contaminated by mines, Colombia is the second most mined country in the world after Afghanistan. According to a Humanity & Inclusion survey, 80% of survivors of armed violence have a disability.
Humanity & Inclusion's 175 staff in Colombia are working in the areas of mine clearance, community mine risk education and the continuation of its victim assistance activities.
Areas of Intervention
In Colombia, Humanity & Inclusion has a team of 168 staff members who work diligently to:
- Physical rehabilitation, prosthetics and orthotics
- Supporting the victims of anti-personnel mines
- Demining actions
- Risk education on mines and explosive remnants of war
- Supporting conflict victims
- Including people with disabilities in society
- Supporting disability rights organizations
Landmines are omnipresent in conflict zones in Colombia, a country ravaged by armed violence. Thousands of people fall victim to this scourge and the vast majority of survivors suffer from a disability. Since 2017, Humanity & Inclusion has been implementing mine clearance actions in the three Colombian departments of Cauca, Meta and Caquetá. Teams also provide psychosocial support and rehabilitation care to victims, and help them find gainful employment. As part of its holistic approach, Humanity & Inclusion also provides communities with risk education on mines and explosive remnants of war.
In Colombia, the care management system for people with disabilities is deficient. Needs however, are immense, so Humanity & Inclusion is working to improve the quality and accessibility of rehabilitation services. The organization is also improving the skills of rehabilitation staff and supporting policy makers so that they are more attentive to the need for stronger rehabilitation services.
The organization also provides support for organizations run by and for people with disabilities so that they can be part of the decision-making processes relating to the inclusion and improve recognition of their rights. Teams also work to improve access to employment for people with disabilities, notably by creating vocational training spaces.
Humanity & Inclusion also takes action to protect indigenous communities, particularly women and girls in Antioquia and Nariño, from violence and abuse.
In addition, teams also offer support to Venezuelan refugees living in Colombia by providing them with psychosocial support and rehabilitation care, and by organizing activities to promote social cohesion between Venezuelan refugees and Colombians.
Lastly, Humanity & Inclusion prioritizes the inclusion and protection of people with disabilities, aging people and other at-risk populations in natural disaster risk management and emergency plans in Colombia, Peru, and Paraguay.