Colombia

Map of Colombia

Population: 45.660m
Life expectancy men: 70.4 years
Life expectancy women: 77.7 years
Infant mortality rate: 1.65%
GNI per capita: 4895 US$
HDI ranking: 87/187 High
What are these?

Tearfund has been working in Colombia since 1980, with  a strong focus on helping vulnerable and destitute children  following the mass displacement of families during the  civil war. 

We currently work in the areas of child development and church mobilisation through our partner Red Viva de Colombia. Working with and through a network of around 100 churches and 67 Christian organisations, Red Viva is improving the lives of children and families at risk in five Colombian cities. Building on experience already gained, this project will provide training, accompaniment and opportunities for personal development, encouraging different groups to work together for the benefit of children and families in their communities. The project will directly benefit 100 pastors, 175 leaders and at least 20,000 children. At least 2,500 other church members will indirectly benefit.  

Tearfund is also a member of the Alliance for Childhood in Colombia, which advocates for the rights of children in the country.

Please pray:

  • for people living in poverty in Colombia.
  • for our Colombian partners as they seek to help others.
  • for Colombia: for justice, peace, health and hope for everyone.

More on Colombia

Latest on Colombia on our website.

  • A month ago I received a call for help from Cristo Rey church in Manaure, Colombia. The local indigenous people group, the Wayuu, were facing a crisis due to the lack of rains this year. The situation was so bad that the Colombian government had declared a state of emergency. I decided to travel to the area with a colleague from Tearfund’s partner Red Viva Colombia, who work in the region, to make an initial assessment.

  • Every day, scores of young girls suffer devastating abuse and violence in refugee camps and communities in Colombia. But thanks to your support, Tearfund is working with local churches to bring help and aid to those in need. Read Berta’s inspiring story of grace and restoration, and how she has found new hope for the future.

  • A single mother from Colombia decides to speak up about sexual violence in her nation. Warning: this story contains descriptions of sexual violence.