Corporacion Vida, Justicia y Paz (CVJP) Colombia

Corporacion Vida, Justicia y Paz (CVJP) is an ecclesiastical charity working on peace and development by tackling the main social problems affecting communities in the East of Antioquia. CVJP advocates the reconstruction of the social fabric so that it may be strengthened to create conditions for peace.

CJVP targets vulnerable communities and builds links between public, private and third sector organisations – such as local councils, schools, companies, hospitals and churches – coordinating efforts to help people in the region.

In its campaigns and projects, CVJP promotes a healthy lifestyle among young people, promoting drug prevention and the prevention of unwanted teen pregnancies. It supports displaced people by demanding their rights to return home, the return of lands, and the prevention of future displacement. CVJP is also involved in forums where they expose the plight of vulnerable communities and offers training to human rights leaders.

Reconciliation and Victims Project

The worsening of violence in the region prompted several strategies and initiatives by victims to tackle the spread of aggression and its harmful effects. Keeping alive the memory of consequences that conflict has left, is essential to avoid repetition and prevent new violent actions against these communities. CVJP therefore develops the project ‘Reconciliation and Victims’ within the framework of Programa por la Paz coordinated by CINEP.

The project works by giving psychosocial assistance to victims of violence through community leaders from the Church, as well as civilians. Together they attempt to achieve the social recovery; engage in advocacy for victims’ rights and participation in local political decisions.