Divino Nino

The needs in Divino Nino

Health Care
Pollution of Divino Nino's water sources has increased the risk of disease and preventable deaths of children, especially for those under the age of five. Children in the community say that some houses have water, while others do not, however without proper sanitation, water points are contaminated by sewage and animal waste, resulting in health problems, such as diarrhea.

In addition, garbage collection in Divino Nino is inconsistent and often leaves waste to pile up around the community. The damage this inflicts on the environment is made worse by air pollution from local mills and brick factories. Together, these issues directly impact the health of children, many of whom report breathing problems, such as asthma.

Child Protection
Children and youth in Divino Nino live in a high-risk environment that is not only vulnerable to the ongoing threat of violence within the country, but also to community issues that stem from it. Many families are forced from their homes at the threat of gangs, armed conflict, and illegal trade, and suffer under the burden of having to relocate and restart. This disturbance not only affects parents, who lose their livelihood and struggle to find stability for their family, but also children and youth, who lose a sense of safety, purpose, and motivation.

Parents are also concerned that there aren't enough safe, public spaces in which children can socialize and engage positively in their community. Many parks and fields constructed for play are overrun by those participating in neighbourhood crime.

Community Leadership
One of the overarching issues that impacts all areas of life in Divino Nino is the lack of empowered local leaders who can bring change to their own community. The absence of strong leadership means that the community struggles not only to advocate for issues affecting children and families, but also to organize and play an active role in addressing problems independently.

Without this kind of empowerment, it is difficult for those in the community to influence social issues, such as the city's higher-than-average growing rates, few job opportunities, and high drop-out rates in schools.
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Divino Nino's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

Divino Nino sits in urban Colombia, southeast of the nation's capital, Bogota. With rolling hills and numerous water sources, the landscape presents huge potential for the community, however a lack of good sanitation practices and pollution from local factories has damaged the environment and directly affected the health of nearby residents. Populated by multiple groups, including African-Colombian natives and those with Indian, Mexican, or Gypsy heritage, 40% of the population, more than one third, are under 17, with the most vulnerable being children from 0-5 years old.

The area has a large gap between those who are in dire poverty and those who are progressing toward success. Approximately 40% of the residents in Divino Nino live in extreme poverty with no access to health care or quality education, and are vulnerable to high levels of crime, violence and unemployment.

Armed conflict in the country also impedes the progress of families, who are often forced to leave their homes at the threat of local rebels. The struggle to regain control of the city's key business centres where prostitution, drugs, and illegal activity are rampant leaves children vulnerable. Without community leaders who are empowered to take ownership of local institutions and address challenges, Divino Nino struggles to maintain a safe, secure environment.
  • 120 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 68 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 623 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 13 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 23 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 53 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 3 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources

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current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Divino Nino,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.