Children Change Colombia

Colombian NGOs become better able to help childre

Our two permanent Colombia-based Field Officers provide technical support on a range of issues, including governance, financial management, impact assessment and fundraising. Their accompaniment is crucial in fulfilling COTA’s aims and strengthening children’s organisations in Colombia.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1075037)

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For nearly 50 years, Colombia has been in the grip of a brutal and complex internal conflict between armed groups and the government. Children are the most vulnerable victims of this crisis. There are an estimated 30,000 street children, 2 million child workers, up to 14,000 child soldiers, and tens of child victims of landmines each year in Colombia. Millions more are unable to go to school, lack access to adequate healthcare and suffer from abuse, neglect and extreme poverty.


COTA supports local projects which provide education, support vulnerable families, help make communities safer and help young people develop the skills and confidence they need to build independent and fulfilling lives. We support the children that need us most. They include street and working children, abused and exploited children, children displaced by the ongoing conflict and those living with disabilities or in poverty.

  • COTA are excellent, because they not only manage the resources but also have field officers to provide direct monitoring, support and training.

    — Director of Fundamor, working with HIV+ children.

  • They have helped strengthen our monitoring & evaluation processes. This is vital in writing coherent reports that demonstrate what has been achieved

    — Director of ACJ, supporting working children.

  • The meeting was full of practical ideas and suggestions for how to develop fundraising ideas, and it was a good atmosphere too.

    — Participant in COTA's 2010 partner meeting