Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Colombian children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.
Compassion's work in Colombia started in 1974. Currently, more than 62,200 children are registered in more than 235 child development centers.
Population: 42,9 millions
Life expectancy: Male 68 years, Female 76 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 2,1%
People with HIV/AIDS: 190.000
Drinking water sources: 91%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 86%
Literacy rate: Male 92%, Female 93%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 55%
Compassion began its ministry in Colombia in 1974, when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.
Children age 11 and younger meet at the child development center from Monday to Friday. Children age 12 and older participate in center activities and receive vocational training, such as computer maintenance, beauty skills, tailoring, baking, shoemaking, etc.
Each child receives lunches consisting of rice, beans and juice; snack consists of biscuits and juice. If the children do not receive food at school, then the church partners provide lunch every day.