The armed conflict in Colombia has been a problematic situation that has created dynamics of violence inside the country like forced displacement, murder and intimidation of social leaders. IDP victim’s have fewer job opportunities and limited access to the land; the country has supported more than 52 years of violence, and in spite of the signature of the peace agreement in November 2016, the indexes of violence inside the communities continue day by day, and new illegal groups have born.
In the XIII edition, Mercy Corps, as a whole, with the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPMR), is developing the Program of Integral Humanitarian Assistance in the municipalities of Antioquia, Chocó, Cauca and Putumayo, with the aim to continue strengthening the people’s local capacities, in order to offer them intersectorial humanitarian assistance and give them sustainable solutions for they and their community.
Since 2006, more than 76.000 people have benefited from the program; and for this new stage, Mercy Corps will help about 5,387 people in 24 municipalities of Antioquia, Chocó, Cauca and Putumayo having, simultaneously, the participation of social leaders, the Victims' Unit, the public administrations, private companies and the civil society.
The program supports the components of strengthening the capacity of local institutions and organizations of the civil society; humanitarian assistance by a cash transfer; legal orientation to help and facilitate their processes in order to guarantee the people's rights; psicosocial support; Gender-based Violence prevention (VBG) and income generation trainings.
Mercy Corps is committed on offering durable solutions for vulnerable and displaced people in 24 municipalities of Colombia, guaranteeing their human rights.