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:
  • 936 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 66,709 girls and boys took part in child protection activities as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 32,040 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 36,760 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 170,602 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response
Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Colombia, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 788 parents learned positive parenting skills, including how to discipline kids without using violence
  • 364 people understand how to report cases of child abuse and exploitation
  • 267 people received training to increase their understanding of children’s rights
  • 279 trained community organizers and partners are leading processes and activities that contribute to children’s wellbeing
  • 1,785 parents and caregivers have learned the importance supporting their daughters' education

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Colombia funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 95 kids and youth completed one of our life skills courses
  • 450 children and teens are participating in clubs, groups or other spaces

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Colombia funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 1,860 USD was distributed to people in need
  • 646 people received food assistance
  • 6,550 people received financial support
  • 2,562 families were given emergency support from us after a crisis, like food, tents, or water purification tablets
  • 229 people were trained in disaster preparedness, mitigation and management
Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Colombia funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020 in partnership with the World Food Programme
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