Del Sueno a la Realidad Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


119 new students were trained in tailoring, cosmetology, and management in order to broaden their economic prospects, and 40 returning students received refresher courses on effective business practices 15 young people were trained to be peer mentors on the topics of reproductive health and HIV and AIDS prevention. Parents of children under age 5 were trained in disease prevention and healthy nutrition. We worked with local education committees to make sure that every child could access education and receive the academic support they needed to succeed. 50 young people and adults were enrolled in literacy programs to help them catch up academically and complete their basic studies. 140 family representatives were educated about emergency response strategies, such as early warnings, disaster threats, and evacuation routes.

Cross-cutting issues

Disability, Advocacy


  • Colombia>Santander


  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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