Ongoing turmoil and economic decline in Venezuela since 2014 have driven more than 7.7 million people from the country in search of food, work, and better living conditions. While the influx from Venezuela has caused tensions in host countries, it’s also brought out their hospitable spirit. Learn how World Vision is supporting children and families across the region impacted by the Venezuela crisis.
Why World Vision is in Colombia
Colombia has endured political, sociological, and economic tensions, creating a challenging last year. Armed conflict affects the safety of its vulnerable children and families, a migration of Venezuelans into the country has added unique challenges, and food insecurity continues to threaten the lives of many communities.
It’s estimated that approximately 1.4 million children in vulnerable communities are impacted by child labor, exploitation, displacement, and recruitment to dangerous groups. Additionally, 7.3 million Colombians are dealing with food insecurity due to inflation and agricultural challenges.
World Vision staff have developed various action plans for access to food, education, health, protection, and hygiene resources for these vulnerable communities. In collaboration with many other organizations, we have reached over 630,000 people in need of food and emergency care. Our sponsors are impacting 37,000 children to promote full and healthy lives! Many migrant communities have received access to education, and we are also taking strategic steps to protect the safety of vulnerable communities. The Safe Schools Declaration, supported by World Vision, points to increased efforts in safety measures, impacting over 2.6 million children and adolescents.
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.
Prayer Requests from Colombia
World Vision's staff in Colombia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For strategies to mitigate malnutrition rates among vulnerable children.
For an increase in the number of sponsors for young children.
News from Colombia
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