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Colombia flagCountry Profile

Capital: Bogota

Language: Spanish

Population: 11 million

Plan International has been working in Colombia since 1962, helping children access their rights to health, education, livelihoods and protection.

We work closely with communities, empowering them to take an active role in organizing and participating in creating sustainable solutions to existing problems.

We believe firmly that children and young people have the capacity to improve their quality of life. That’s why we strive to ensure that their voices are heard on issues that affect their lives.

Youth running with a soccer ball
Plan International staff provide training to a community in Colombia
Children standing around a designated meeting space

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Water and sanitation
Water and sanitation
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important in Colombia

  • In urban areas there are high levels of violence and gang warfare.
  • Physical and emotional abuse of children is widespread, including sexual exploitation.
  • Many children drop out of school because they’re forced to work or because violence forced their family to move.

How your support is helping Colombia:

  • Supporting inclusive and safe environments so children and youth can benefit from a healthy, violence-free life.
  • Working to ensure children and youth are protected against child abuse, domestive violence, discrimination, armed conflict and sexual and physical violence.
  • Working with young people, especially women, to help them become economically stronger citizens by providing technical training and financial support.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 33% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 17 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 75 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

Common phrases in Spanish

Hello Hola!
How are you? Cómo estás?
Thank you Gracias
Goodbye Adios
Happy Birthday Feliz Cumpleaños

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