Teacher Resources

Thank you for making portraits for children in Colombia!

We know that many teachers use the Portrait Program as a chance to teach their students about the lives and culture of the children who receive the portraits. Feel free to use the following resources to guide your discussions. 


Most children in Colombia are doing well. However, as in all countries, some children are facing substantial challenges. The children in this project all live in a very poor shanty town. Over the past decades many Colombians have fled to such shanty towns to escape the drug-related violence, murders, and kidnappings in their country's more rural areas. Systemic poverty in these shanty towns leads to many on-going social problems, especially for women and children. Fortunately, these children are being helped by an organization that provides them with healthy nutrition and early childhood education. For all of them, receiving the portraits will be truly unique, and you will be touching their lives in a very special way.

Helpful Links


Bogotá is home to some of the most vibrant street art in the world, as shown by this article from CultureTrip.

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This Al Jazeera Article gives a look into the lives of some of Colombia's many displaced and "forgotten" victims of the 52-year civil war.

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Peruse this Buzzfeed photo list of 18 mouthwatering traditional Colombian dishes any visitor must try.


Get a glimpse into Colombian culture with this YouTube video of a traditional dance performance in Cartagena.

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This Amnesty International video outlines the peace deal between the Colombian Government and the Guerrilla group FARC after 52 years of conflict.

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Learn the best way to spend your time on a trip to  Colombia--from scuba diving to horseback riding--in this article from CNN Travel.



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