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Education for Working Children – COTA’s Big Lottery Project comes to a Triumphant End

Over the last five years, COTA partner ACJ (the YMCA in Colombia) has been working to develop an educational model for working children, funded by the Big Lottery Fund (BLF). This involved developing a successful way of working with these vulnerable … Continue reading

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Victor's story

“I used to have five brothers, but now it’s just me. I am the only one who survived life on the streets…” Victor, aged 9 “I lived alone on the streets of Bogota. My parents left me so I just … Continue reading

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Peace and Wellbeing in Cali´s slums

When an organisation works with young people at risk of gang involvement, you know that visiting their work is going to be tough. When the first person you meet there is a 14 year old girl (Claudia) who is 8 … Continue reading

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A Rollercoaster Ride…

Today we took a taxi into barrio 18 on the far side of town. The taxi took us zooming right up onto the foothills of the mountains and down the other side – a switchback of a ride with dizzying views … Continue reading

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Breaking down barriers in Cali

Whilst spinning across the dance floors in the famous salsa bars of Cali (salsa capital of the world we’re told) it is easy to forget the widespread poverty and problems that haunt the outskirts of the city. Yet another of … Continue reading

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Forming Futures…

What happens when a child in care in Colombia reaches the age of 18 and has to leave the home where they have lived for many years? What if, as is often the case, they have no parents, no support, haven’t finished school … Continue reading

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Goodbye Bogotá, hello Cali!

It has been a couple of days since we last blogged, so there is a bit to catch up on. We are now in Cali – a steamy city in the South West of Colombia which is the capital of salsa. But … Continue reading

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