Number of national staff: 38
Number of international staff: 2
Main donors: European Commission (EuropAid), Belgian Directorate General for Cooperation and Development (DGCD), Swiss Cooperation (COSUDE), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE Belge), German Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Handicap International Germany, Michelham Foundation
Colombia is the fourth-largest country in South America and one of the most highly populated, with 46.8 million inhabitants. Unfortunately, it is also one of the countries most badly affected by landmines in the world, a problem in 31 of its 32 departments due to a conflict between government forces and various illegal armed groups.
Handicap International has been working in this country since 1998. We began by supporting the REI Foundation, an organisation specialising in rehabilitation for people with disabilities in Cartagena. This project has now been completed, but the orthopaedic workshop put in place with the assistance of Handicap International is, in continuation of our project, still helping the victims of mines today.
In 2011, the community-based rehabilitation project will enter a new phase, which will run until 2013, and evolve towards an inclusive local development project, in line with our operational strategy for 2011-2013. The assistance to associations project will also begin a new cycle. Initially, the teams will need to concentrate on strengthening the associations’ advocacy activities at the various levels, i.e. local, regional, provincial, etc. The anti-landmine projects should be extended to include the departments of Cordoba, Arauca, Meta, Nariño and Casanare.