Church cooperation Development cooperation Child sponsor program
Colombia is the sight of one of the world’s longest running and most serious humanitarian crises. It is estimated that there are around 3.5 – 5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country, which is more than in any other country in the world. The cause of the humanitarian crisis is the Colombian armed conflict, which involves the Colombian government, rebel forces and various armed groups. The majority of the IDPs live in extreme poverty. The number of displaced people from Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities has increased to such an extent that some of the latter are in danger of extinction. Levels of income disparity in Colombia are among the highest in the world.
FELM’s partners in Colombia are the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia and the Lutheran World Federation.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia runs fours schools and, through its churches and child sponsorship programmes, it reaches many other children. The Church also carries out HIV and AIDS work among young people.
Life in rural areas of Colombia is dangerous and the food security situation is poor. Poverty and the IDP problem also leave their mark on the environment. FELM supports The Church's environmental project through which new trees are being planted and water sources protected. The project is helping to protect lives in rural areas.
FELM also supports LWF’s peace and human rights programme in Colombia. A key component of the programme is the development of local NGO networks. Target groups of the programme include indigenous groups, Afro-Colombians, agricultural workers and women, whose lives the programme seeks to improve.
FELM supports the Church and its poorer member churches in their efforts to become self-sufficient, to improve their management capacity and to strengthen their mission work. FELM has also supported the building of the Bucaramanga church. FELM directly supports the Church’s theological school which provides training for pastors.