"I just turned 16 and study in 8th grade, I live with my grandparents and my eight year old cousin in a small rural community in Cauca. My mom lives in Chocó and I don’t have much of a relationship with my dad, so practically my grandmother is the one who raised me. For me she’s like my mother, I her owe everything and I want her to be proud of me.
One of the students from the Normal School told us that at their school the greatest risks are natural disasters and armed clashes, but the educational institutions as spaces of the Protectors and Protected program has helped them learn how to better deal with these situations, "Again there was a false alarm that a tsunami was coming and people were crazy, we went ahead of the teacher, running, but with this training we learned how to act when something happens. Because when you do not know what to do you can end up dead, it is the same anguish".
In the department of Cauca in southwest Colombia, exist some of the municipalities where armed conflict is most visible. To access these communities and municipalities in which we work, it is necessary to travel for many hours between mountains on rough roads. The influence of armed groups and illegal activities is very visible. Even so, we come to these areas to develop the Vive la Educación Project, which seeks to improve educational quality in areas affected by armed conflict and extreme poverty.
En una casa de un barrio humilde de Cúcuta, una ciudad fronteriza con Venezuela, conocemos a Katherine y a su hija Sharick, de ocho años. Es una niña sonriente, sin embargo, su frente no parece moverse con ningún gesto que haga. Katherine está embarazada de su segundo hijo, lo cual debería ser motivo de alegría; sin embargo, no parece feliz sino muy preocupada y nerviosa.