Economic collapse and internal conflict has driven millions of Venezuelans from their home. With 3 million people—including thousands of vulnerable children—currently displaced, COVID-19 presents an unimaginable challenge. For families living in the streets or crowded settlements, social distancing measures are simply impossible to follow.
Help Save Children in Colombia
Following over 50 years of armed conflict, which continues in some regions, Colombia has the largest number of displaced people in the world, an alarming 7.3 million. The number of families and children in Colombia in need has only grown since August 2017 when violence and a severe lack of food and medicine forced millions of neighboring Venezuelan families to cross the border into Colombia. All of these children need your help to survive.
A political and economic crisis in Venezuela has caused over 3 million people, including families, expectant mothers and children, to enter Colombia. Unaccompanied children are at high risk of recruitment by armed groups or exploitation by traffickers. Many children are arriving malnourished without access to clean drinking water. Hospitals are overcrowded and lack sufficient resources to deal with the influx. The situation for Colombia’s children is becoming even more urgent.
The Challenges for Children in Colombia
Colombia has more displaced children than any other country in the world. 70% of migrants crossing into Colombia are women and girls. You can make a difference in the lives of children who are hungry, out of school and in desperate need of help.
- 8% of school-age children are out of school
- 15 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
- 29% of people live in poverty
How You’re Changing Children’s Lives
Thanks to giving people like you, our work for children in Colombia is making a difference.
Save the Children has been working in Colombia since 1963. An alarming escalation of violence in neighboring Venezuela has causes millions of families as well as unaccompanied children to cross the border into Colombia in search of food, safety and shelter. Children are arriving malnourished. Families live on the streets or makeshift shelters without access to clean water, basic sanitation or electricity. Children exposed to the elements are suffering from respiratory problems, diarrhea and skin conditions. Hospitals are overcrowded and lack sufficient resources to deal with the influx of people. Over 80,000 displaced Venezuelan children do not go to school in Colombia.[i] Child Protection systems are weak. Children, in particular unaccompanied children, are at risk of deportation, forced labor, sexual exploitation or recruitment into armed groups.[ii]
Thanks to caring supporters around the world, Save the Children is working with to support the children of Colombia. Our teams are responding to the Venezuelan regional crisis in two locations on the Colombian/Venezuelan border. We have constructed Child Friendly Spaces where we have set up safe space to play, recover and be children again. We have distributed water filters, solar lights and hygiene kits for families who arrived in Colombia without any possessions. To support schools with expanding classroom sizes and integrating Venezuelan children into schools, we have distributed school and teacher kits, and we will soon train teachers in classroom management, integration and providing critical emotional support for children.
- Protected 2,448 children from harm
- Supported 2,147 children in times of crisis
- Provided 5,448 children with a healthy start in life
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*Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: UNHCR; Population: CIA World Factbook 2015;The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS).
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