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.
Our Current Work
In Colombia, Humanity & Inclusion has a team of 168 staff members who work diligently to:
- Provide rehabilitation care
- Support Organizations for People with Disabilities
- Ensure socio-economic inclusion
- Clear explosive remnants of war
- Assist landmine survivors
With a focus on teenagers and children, Humanity & Inclusion improves the quality and accessibility of rehabilitation services by enhancing the skills of rehabilitation staff and supporting policy makers so that they are more attentive to the need for stronger rehabilitation services.
Support for Organizations for People with Disabilities
Humanity & Inclusion provides support by training new Organizations for People with Disabilities (OPDs or DPOs) in database management and communications, as well as helping OPDs establish visual advocacy campaigns to raise awareness about disability rights.
Humanity & Inclusion works to improve access to employment for people with disabilities by creating vocational training spaces, improving existing facilities, training OPDs to promote self-employment, and supporting independent entrepreneurship whenever possible.
Humanity & Inclusion's armed violence reduction team is clearing landmines and unexploded remnants of war in three Colombian departments: Cauca, Meta, and Caquetá.
Landmine Survivor Assistance
Humanity & Inclusion works at community and national levels to improve the living conditions of victims of anti-personnel mines by building the capacities of public institutions. The organization also advances their rights to medical and psychological care and ensures they are involved in each step of their treatment and care.