Children of the Andes (COTA):

Defending the rights of children at risk in Colombia

We are the largest UK charity working exclusively in Colombia. We work with children and their families to challenge poverty, inequality, discrimination and violence. Despite a growing economy and prospects of an end to the long-running conflict, millions of children still face poverty, violence and exclusion from the opportunities presented by a changing society.

So whether they are threatened by forced displacement, sexual exploitation or recruitment into armed groups, whether denied education, a loving family or a place to play, we work to ensure that every child can claim their right to a safe and happy childhood and a fulfilling future.

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£101 could cover the cost of a conflict resolution workshop for 50 children, preventing violence and promoting peace.

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News: COTA Network Meetings in Colombia

On April 16th in Bogotá and April 22nd in Cali, a number of COTA's partner organisations met to exchange their experiences of the projects they run with COTA's support.

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COTA Thames Walk raises almost £5,000

The event was a great success and COTA would like to thank everyone who joined us for our 10th Thames Walk!

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Watch our latest video!

Through the words of children and young people at COTA partner projects, this film provides a moving illustration of the problems they face and their hopes for Colombia's future.

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Spring Newsletter 2015

"Never Going Back": our latest newsletter on our plan to work with children who have managed to escape service in armed groups in Colombia.

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