Colombia: Taller de Vida | LIMPAL
Taller de Vida
Taller de Vida ("Workshop of Life" in Spanish) provides critical services for displaced Afro-Colombian and Indigenous women and youth in Bogota, Colombia. Founded by two sisters—one a psychologist, the other an educational social worker—Taller de Vida works with youth who are at high-risk for being recruited as child-soldiers in Colombia's war. Taller de Vida's objective is to provide Colombian women and children with the support they need to resist this exploitation and create alternatives to the on-going violence in Colombia.
Taller de Vida offers trauma counseling and remedial education to help children who have been displaced catch up on their schooling, adjust to life in the city, and defend their human rights.
Taller de Vida also offers after-school sports, art, and theater programs to help young people develop their artistic talents and learn to express themselves through acting, dance, writing and painting. These programs help young people who have experienced enduring trauma from the armed conflict envision—and work to create—a more peaceful world. Through art, the youth at Taller de Vida are able to share past experiences and build a network of support for their future.
Taller de Vida offers women who have been displaced by the war programs that combine art therapy with income-generating projects. Taller de Vida maximizes the opportunity offered by these programs by holding discussions on human rights issues when women come together to work on crafts.
Since 1997, LIMPAL has worked with women who have been displaced by Colombia's long-standing armed conflict, helping them overcome the devastating effects of displacement and advocate for their rights. Today, LIMPAL plays a critical role in the network of civil society organizations educating women who have been displaced about their constitutional rights. LIMPAL's activities focus on peaceful alternatives to conflicts, such as human rights trainings, the enhancement of existing women's and human rights networks, the provision of secure spaces where women and their families can build support networks, and the development of income-generating projects for women.
Working with over 500 women, 90 percent of whom are of African-descent and over 50 percent of whom are heads of their families, LIMPAL provides humanitarian aid and human rights trainings and documents cases of human rights abuses. LIMPAL encourages women to share their stories of displacement and violence as part of a healing process and works to achieve justice for displaced women and families.