Youth empowerment and protection of the Colombian Amazon territory
The story of ‘Red Compaz’, an alternative community organization that works for empowerment, good living and protection of the Amazonian territory with the support of UNICEF
Somos Enlace (meaning ‘We are bond’ in English) is a community-based communication strategy, born to join and inform Colombia during the pandemic. With a strong participation of community organizations and alternative media, the strategy seeks to strengthen their capacities so that they can, from their perspective and within their communities, promote healthy habits, self-care and strengthen emotional ties at home. The strategy is led by UNICEF Colombia and carried out by the implementing partner La Otra Juventud in more than 16 states of the country.
So far, the Somos Enlace strategy has reached more than 1,900,000 people in Colombia. One of these alternative and community organizations that has actively participated is ‘Red Compaz’, which is in San Vicente del Caguán in southern Colombia.
San Vicente del Caguán is located between the Caguán and Yarí rivers and stands out in the Colombian Amazon for its population of more than 60 thousand inhabitants and its agricultural and livestock activities. Its humid tropical forest climate has made this region prosperous for crops of banana, cassava, corn, beans, pineapple, coffee and chontaduro, among others.