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Why World Vision is in Colombia
In 2015, an outbreak of Zika virus swept through Latin America. Colombia is the second-hardest hit country, after Brazil. Zika may be linked to microcephaly—a severe birth defect that can cause brain damage. We are working with the Ministry of Health and the international community to raise awareness and reduce infection. The Colombian government and armed insurgent groups are close to finalizing a peace agreement that would end a brutal, decades-long conflict. Over the years, nearly six million people have fled their homes. Generations have grown up with violence, instability, and hunger. As Colombia begins the long journey of recovery, we are working with children and families to promote a culture of peace. Our Peace Builders groups and extracurricular programs are encouraging kids to stay in school and helping them break the cycle of violence. Through economic development efforts, we are restoring livelihoods and empowering youth for a successful future.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Colombia
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- Children and adolescents participated in the Peace Builders movement, which provides spaces for youth to develop leadership skills, learn from peers, and be empowered with knowledge about child rights and civic engagement.
- Parents and caregivers learned skills related to beauty, arts and crafts, and sewing so they can increase their income and better provide for their children. We also worked with entrepreneurs to help them develop business plans.
- We raised awareness of child rights, child abuse, gender violence, and domestic violence, and helped people learn how to recognize and report abuse.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- We worked with local partners to train health agents in children's health, including immunizations, growth and development, feeding practices, childhood illness, and proper hygiene.
- Together with local health partners and health agents, we assisted malnourished children through nutritional recovery programs.
- Parents and caregivers had opportunities to learn about child nutrition through trainings with health agents and community events.
- We provided medical and rehabilitation services as well as access to economic opportunities for 1,900 people with disabilities, including survivors of war, so they can fully participate in all aspects of life.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- We worked with local partners to raise awareness of children's right to an education, focusing on training parents and caregivers.
- To provide a creative outlet for children and strengthen their cultural identity, we facilitated sports, music, and craft activities. Children had opportunities to play soccer, learn traditional dances, and play musical instruments.
- We worked with schools to help kids stay in school, particularly vulnerable children and child laborers.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- Relying on God’s grace and Spirit, our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus, the reason for our hope.
Prayer Requests from Colombia
World Vision's staff in Colombia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
The health of women and babies.
Reconciliation in communities devastated by years of armed conflict.
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