From Pawns of War to Pillars of Peace: Youth in Colombia

Historically and internationally, youth have generally been the population used to fight wars. In Colombia, all armed groups have pulled from this demographic to do their dirty work- guerrilla groups, paramilitary groups, and the state military.  The youth are the ones that were incentivized to join groups with promise of power and success, only to…

Open Doors

Leer en español In the rural communities where I have spent the last two years, it is rare to see a door closed and locked up.  If someone is present in the house, the door is open and welcoming.  Walking through town and being pulled into any and every house to talk, drink a juice,…

Learning from Ledis

Leer en español Ledis is one of those community leaders who are not very visible.  Libertad is full of assertive, vocal leaders who are quick to get up front and speak their mind on behalf of the community.  Ledis demonstrates a different kind of leadership to the people of Libertad; her quiet demeanor lends itself…

A Liberteño in Chocó

Leer en español In August of 2014, a representative from the community council of Libertad, Sucre, Colombia had the opportunity to go to the state of Chocó.  We learned many things about life in Chocó- we saw dredges and the difference between the contaminated water and the pure water from the streams; we saw different…