The “Creating Dreams” program is a role model in Colombia and has been very successful. It is aimed at young people between the ages of 14 and 18 who belonged to armed groups and were involved in the conflict in Colombia. The aim of the project is the successful social, familial and societal reintegration of the participants. In addition, it strengthens the independence of the young people and supports them in improving their living conditions.
Since 2003, more than 500 former child soldiers have been integrated into society. With the help of an interdisciplinary team, the youth work through their traumatic experiences. Following the pedagogy of Don Bosco, the staff tries to meet the young people where they are and build relationships of mutual trust. Together, they create a new life plan that positively changes the young people’s self-image. They are encouraged to develop new dreams that push them to start a new life. The inclusion of a youth ministry for discussing worries and fears also plays a central role.