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Tackling Urban Risk: Colombia

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Uploaded on Jan 27, 2012

El Calvario neighbourhood. Cali, Colombia

The Programme for Prevention and Support for Street Children and Youth, PANICA, aims to reduce the vulnerability of children and youth who live or spend considerable amount of their time in the street; or who suffer from urban school and juvenile violence. The overall aim is to improve quality of life and living conditions of the beneficiary population, including the parents and families of targeted children and youth.

PANICA is supported by the Norwegian Red Cross and implemented in various Colombian cities. It was started in 2004 in the Navarro rubbish area on the outskirts of Cali and advanced in 2009 to the El Calvario neighbourhood in the city centre, where high levels of child and youth vulnerability exist.

691 persons in Cali, between the ages of five and 80, are benefitting from protective factors developed at individual, family and community levels, and by support for health growth and development.

40% of the 691 persons linked to the project in Cali since 2009, have experienced significant changes in behaviour, in the nature of parent-child relations, in the roles played in the family and in the reduction of intra-family violence.

The project has enable improved awareness and understanding of the marginalized people of Cali; their needs, the stigma they face and the social context in neighbourhoods historically feared by Cali society due to their levels of violence, homicide, drug trading, waste recycling and prostitution.

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