The Venezuela crisis has caused 5.4 million people to flee the country seeking food, work, and a better life. While the influx from Venezuela has caused tensions in host countries, it’s also brought out their hospitable spirit.
Why World Vision is in Colombia
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.
- Community members are learning how to advocate for child rights and protection, empowering people to speak out to ensure children are safe, cared for, and protected from abuse. Some community groups have created joint plans to strengthen child protection, helping more children stay safe.
- Faith leaders were trained to run our parenting workshops and support groups, to help families provide safer and more loving homes, free of violence and abuse.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Community members were given cash or vouchers and food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response, helping families to meet their basic needs.
- Handwashing stations with soap and water were set up in public spaces, helping to protect children and their families from COVID-19. Hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members, helping to protect children and their families from COVID-19.
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.
- Children received educational items to help them learn at home while schools closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prayer Requests from Colombia
World Vision's staff in Colombia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For the physical and emotional well-being and safety of the children suffering the most from the effects of the pandemic.
News from Colombia
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In late 2015, World Vision launched Every Last One (ELO) — a $1 billion capital campaign over eight years to make life, hope, and a future possible for 60 million people. Explore the work that has already been done, and help us make an even bigger impact faster.
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