Working With Children in Colombia

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
Until recently, the Colombian government and armed insurgents have been embroiled in a brutal, decades-long conflict. Nearly six million people fled their homes and generations have grown up with violence, instability and hunger.

As the country begins the long journey of recovery, we are working with families and children in Colombia to promote a culture of peace. Communities are increasing their capacity to monitor the rights of children and to respond to situations of risk and abuse. Youths are encouraged to stay in school to help break the cycle of violence. Through investments in health and education, we help youths and families increase their income for a more successful future.

Your impact in Colombia

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with the support of Canadian child sponsors in the past year:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • 262 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 3 child well being activities conducted including health and nutrition, hygiene, livelihood, education, child rights and protection awareness
  • 5 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance children's rights and create positive changes for children
  • 17 faith and community leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 1,108 people leaned how to manage disasters and respond to emergencies in order to protect themselves in times of crisis
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 8,304 children are participating in clubs that make community decisions and advocate for their protection and wellbeing
  • 575 clubs are in place for children and youth helping them improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 2,009 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 56 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of raising their children with love and tenderness
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.

  • 32 people in emergencies received life-saving support like tents, cooking sets and hygiene kits

Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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