Colombia is located in north-western South America. It shares borders with Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Panama. The population is over 45 million people, making it the second most populated country in South America, after Brazil.
Decades of armed conflict between the Colombian government and drug trafficking militia has caused over three million people displaced in the last 15 years. 75% of the displaced people are women and children who, because they have left their homes, they have little access to medical care, education, safe drinking water and basic health services.
Drug trafficking continues to grow, and brings into Colombia an estimated $6 million a year.
1/3 of all Colombian children are anaemic.
6% of infants have low birth weight.
Approx 15% of children under 5 suffer from moderate to severe stunted growth.
Issues children face in Colombia:
- Flu / Fevers / Viruses
- Respiratory Illnesses
- Skin Allergies
- Intestinal Infections
- Dengue Fever
- HIV/ AIDS
- Contagious illnesses
- Continuing war
- Drug related violence
Compassion International began working in Colombia in 1974. Over 42,300 children participate in around 198 child development centres. Compassion Australia assists approx 2,200 of these children. Currently around 83 Colombian students are enrolled in the Leadership Development Program.
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