Who: This is Stella from Colombia.

For decades, guerilla warfare in her country has destroyed lives. After losing her own father to conflict while still a child, Stella decided to dedicate her life to helping the country’s children and families.

What: Stella trained as a psychotherapist, and founded the charity ‘Taller de Vida’ (or ‘Workshop of Life’). Today, Taller de Vida is a member of the Family for Every Child network of Changemaker organisations around the world. 

It is their mission to help children recover from conflict and to protect their human rights. 

One of their flagship programmes is ‘Proyecto Bambú’ (The Bamboo Project). Through this, they use arts, life skills education and psychosocial therapy to help children overcome the trauma they have lived through. Many of these children have escaped life as a child soldier, after being previously recruited into armed groups.

The Bambú Project nurtures hope in children’s lives, and gives them the support they need to become active citizens in their community. By doing this, they break the cycle of violence and foster lasting peace.

The Family Difference: Taller de Vida has helped thousands of children to overcome the trauma of armed conflict in Colombia. 

Now, as part of Family for Every Child’s global network of Changemaker charities, they have been able to share their extensive experience of psychosocial approaches to conflict recovery with other members; such as Naba’a, who are working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. In this way, Stella’s locally-grown insight is changing lives for children affected by conflict around the world.

Learn more about Taller de Vida: tallerdevida.org