Colombia: No Child Should be a Soldier

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.
Apr 4, 2012

Reflecting a Brighter Future for Colombian Youth

We just received a shipment of beautiful mosaic mirrors skillfully crafted by participants of Taller de Vida’s arts therapy program.

Taller de Vida provides services for impoverished Colombian children at risk of being recruited as child soldiers. Taller de Vida’s programs offer children the social and psychological support they need to create alternatives to a life of combat and violence.

Through art therapy, academic tutoring and counseling, Colombian youth are given the opportunity to channel the trauma of displacement and war into healthy self-expression.  For many children, Taller de Vida is a safe space—a haven of creativity, friendship and support.

The mirrors, pictured below, are a testament to the therapeutic power of art in the face of adversity.

Julian*expressed his gratitude for these essential services when he told MADRE: “Going to Taller de Vida means getting a chance to LIVE, to know ourselves, to realize that it doesn’t stop with us not going to war but that we must do something for our country.”

*Not his real name.

  • purehobby
    purehobby How can "donation contributers" receive one of these beautiful mosaic mirrors?
    • 4 years ago
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  • Erica
    Erica Thanks so much for your interest in Taller de Vida's beautiful mirrors! You can check them out here: Thanks for your support!
    • 4 years ago
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Location: New York, NY - USA
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