Meet Lieva (24)

Growing up in Colombia’s capital city, Lieva’s life has been marred by violence. Determined to ensure that young people like her don’t suffer in silence, she is using art as a message of hope and resilience...

“We look to art as an alternative to continue facing difficult situations.”

What we do

In Colombia, creative talent lies around every corner. Our programme draws upon this raw music and arts scene to strengthen young people's ability to cope with the violence they experience.

Through play, movement and peacebuilding activities, we invite youth from both large refugee and host populations to team up and channel their emotions into something positive.

Together with parents, caregivers and teachers we work to boost community protection mechanisms with an aim to prevent the use of children by gangs and armed groups. The inclusion of youth in local decision-making as well as the design of our projects aids this process.

Our projects

Curious to learn more about a specific project? Click on the pins in the map below.

Where we work

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  • Safer Together

    Uribia, La Guajira
    Marked by the set-up of three community safe spaces, the project offers a haven; a moment to play and connect for Venezuelan migrant and refugee children in the border-state of La Guajira. Includes our popular TeamUp methodology.

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  • Resguardos de Paz

    Chocó and Antioquia
    Working with the Embera Katío, Embera Dobida and Wounaan ethnic groups to strengthen community protection strategies and identify the greatest threats to children’s wellbeing and safety -all in the context of increased internal armed conflict and extreme weather events.

  • Art for Life

    Bogotá, Cali, Medellín and Buenaventura
    In response to human rights violations carried out against protestors in May 2021, War Child joined forces with youth networks in four major cities. Through art and culture, we give young people a platform to express their mental health challenges and call for change.

  • Community-Led Child Protection Project (CDCP)

    Coaching indigenous and conflict-affected communities on how to play an active role in the protection of children and young people - all through our innovative Seeds tool. Find out more

  • Connect With Your Future

    To become an agent of change, you need the opportunities to do so. A combination of vocational and life skills training, cultural outings and digital learning courses to help youth (aged 15-24) develop a positive outlook on their future.

  • Play it for Life and Future


    Through a joint effort with KNVB and its WorldCoaches programme, young sports enthusiasts receive professional training to become football coaches and transmit life skills to children through soccer. The project directly tackles urban crime and violence.

  • Seeds


    This innovative child protection approach sees communities take the lead in the protection of children. We work together to strengthen local structures as well as the processes involved in preventing abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. Learn more.

  • Safer Together III


    A unique combination of two methods from our Care System: Seeds and the Caregiver Support Intervention. Through this combo we aim to develop a community care network that prevents physical and psychological harm and is led by children and youth themselves. Learn more.

  • Community-Case Detection Tool

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Our partners in Colombia



Drawing upon their deep knowledge of the local context, we work with this community-based NGO to deliver vital psychosocial support for children affected by urban violence.

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The Netherlands Embassy supports our work with youth in urban areas, specifically through the financing of two key projects.

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AnneMarike Smiers is our Country Director in Colombia. Want to say hello or keen to join forces? Please reach out via one of the channels below.

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