Christmas is giving smiles – ASCEMCOL Colombia

Name of the activity: Christmas is giving smiles 

Country/NMO: ASCEMCOL Colombia

Program: Ethics and Human Rights in Health

Contact information: contact [email protected] to get in touch with the Activity Coordinator

Type of the activity: Continuous Activity

Category: Campaign

Focus area: Rights of patients, doctors and medical students, Rights of a child, including non-discrimination, non-violence, access to education and health care. • Rights of vulnerable target groups, including migrants and refugees, persons with disabilities, people that face racial and any other discrimination

Sustainable Development Goals addressed: SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation)

Problem statement:

In Colombia, inequality of conditions is currently a latent problem, evidenced by the 52% of the population living in poverty, 65% of whom are under 18 years of age. Because of the pandemic, these figures increased significantly, so the UN recommends amplifying and adjusting social protection programs, as well as strengthening legal and institutional frameworks to protect and expand benefits for children and families in the long term.

Target groups:

  • Children
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Elderly people
  • Indigenous  population 


  • General population
  • Medical students
  • Healthcare Students
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Migrants
  • Refugees
  • People with disabilities
  • Elderly people
  • Homeless people
  • LGBTQIA+ community


Design inclusive and leisure spaces for vulnerable populations (children, adolescents, adults, elderly, immigrants, homeless, terminally ill population, etc.) to work through the Christmas celebration, delivering gifts and implements (food, clothing, etc.) according to their needs, during December and January, culminating on the 31th of the last-mentioned month. 

Teach the populations about their Human, sexual and reproductive rights, Fundamental Rights in Colombia, Children’s Rights, ways to advocate for them, Social Protection System and access to health, Nutritional Health Care, Care of Psychoactive Substances and Mental Health, through the development of playful workshops of 30-40 minutes maximum.

Ensure a good dissemination, accessibility and understanding of the information as well as delivery of gifts and implements to the population  with the purpose of reflecting on the responsibility that one citizens to avoid the violation of their rights

Indicators of Success:

It is expected to fulfill 100% of the design and delivery of a space for leisure and delivery of implements (markets, toys, clothes, etc.) necessary for the population.

50% of the population manages to understand the topics, as tools to advocate for their human rights that will be exposed in the middle of the execution of the activity.

We expect 100% complete delivery and dissemination of the human rights and health message as a true understanding of the applicability of these so that the population will advocate and take responsibility in taking care of their health as their fundamental rights.


This activity will have four stages:

Collection: The activity will be advertised to collect implements, medicines, objects or monetary donations needed to carry out the campaign in the different territories. (Duration: – December – January) 

Team Organization: Establish an organizing team to facilitate the logistics of the different activities that will be done during the activity, i.e., collection and packaging of gifts, collection and use of money, food, medical education, and workshops. 

Execution: Implementation of the campaign considering the logistics to carry out the workshops as described. 

Evaluation and report: Implement evaluation tools (forms or a SWOT) with the team, which will allow observing positive aspects or aspects to be improved for future activities. Present the results in a report and attach photographic records

Plans for evaluation:

We’re going to use evaluation tools (forms or a SWOT) with the teamwork who’s going to create all the expositions and to help to deliver the toys package, etc. For the population. Also will allow observing positive aspects or aspects to be improved for future activities in a meeting on the final day of the activity. Also we’re going to present the results in a report and attach photographic records and we will do a sactifaction interview with all the population if they enjoy the activity or not

External collaborations:

Wakua’ipa Intercultural Foundation

Collaboration: Interpreters (Translators) to work with the Wayuu indigenous population of Colombia.


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