Fighting among non-government forces, drug traffickers and the military has created the largest population of internally-displaced people outside Syria — at least six million. More than a third of Colombia’s population lives below the poverty line and the country has one of the worst income inequality rates in the world.
- Children & Youth: Protecting the rights of children and youth afflicted by conflict and abuse. Providing emotional care, alternative education and critical-thinking skills to help young people close the cycle of violence and thrive.
- Emergency response: Distributing emergency supplies to families displaced by conflict and disaster, and providing them with income-generation skills to help them rebuild. Increasing the capacity of local government to provide humanitarian assistance.
- Agriculture & Food: Helping rural farmers secure land, improve water and land management, increase the availability of nutritious food for their families and lift themselves out of poverty.
Colombia: Out of tragedy, a new family forms
When Oriana fled with her children to Colombia, she found herself with both less and more than she bargained for: living under a bridge with a large, surrogate family of equally desperate Venezuelan refugees. Here's her story.
Colombia: Tales of desperation: Venezuelans fleeing to Colombia
At any given moment, hundreds of men, women, children -- entire families -- are crossing from Venezuela into Colombia in search of a better life.
Colombia: Quick facts: Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis
For several years Venezuela – once the richest country in South America – has been hurtling toward economic, social and institutional collapse, spurring a regional humanitarian crisis and mass migration. You can help. Learn more about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and the region and join us in supporting the families who are fleeing.
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria: The world's 5 biggest refugee crises
More than half of all refugees worldwide come from just five places. See the full list and learn how you can partner with Mercy Corps to make a difference.
Youth at a Crossroads
Today, millions of youth are at a crossroads: In a world of crisis, they will either become a force for peace or one of continued instability. We must support and empower them now, while they are making the choices that will determine the fate of their lives and their communities.
Colombia: School becomes a safe haven from violence
Children in Colombia are faced daily with threats like sexual assault and recruitment into armed groups. Find out how we're helping students like Lucia stay out of harm's way.
Afghanistan, Colombia, Somalia: In the news: Research on youth violence opens eyes to injustices that must be addressed
Vice News and CNN report on our new study offering insights and recommendations to keep an overlooked generation of young people from radical extremism.
Afghanistan, Colombia, Somalia: Report: What drives youth to violence?
Getting youth development right has never been more pressing. But what underlying grievances must the global community address in order to keep this overlooked generation from violence? Our research in Afghanistan, Colombia and Somalia provides new insights and recommendations.
Colombia: Soccer moves a generation towards peace
In Colombia, we use football to prevent youth violence and encourage leadership skills. This week, community coaches from the programme are visiting our global headquarters to hone their skills and learn about youth development.
Colombia: Land titles provide stability for Colombia’s poor
We're helping marginalised families get legal ownership of the land they live on, and providing a sense of security in communities still recovering from conflict.