Colombia


Population: 49,067,981

Income per capita(US$): $6,667

Programs in Colombia

Barranquilla

Buenaventura

Cucuta

Ipiales

Palmira

Popayán

Santa Marta

Villa Colombia

Colombia - History and Demographics

Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, the northwest by Panama, the south by Ecuador and Peru, the east by Venezuela, the southeast by Brazil, and the west by the Pacific Ocean. With over 50 million inhabitants, Colombia is one of the most ethnic and linguistically diverse countries in the world. Its territory encompasses Amazon rainforests, highlands, grasslands, and deserts. It is the only country in South America with coastlines and islands along both the Atlantic and Pacific.

Micronutrient deficiencies are widespread. Colombia is highly vulnerable to natural disasters, with regular monsoon flooding and droughts in the plains. Limited access for the poor to education and health services and low levels of investment in public infrastructure further perpetuate food insecurity and undernutrition.  32% of children under 5 years are stunted, 24% are underweight.

Bountiful Children in Colombia

In July 2014, Bob Rees (Board Member and Co-Founder), along with other experienced members of the Bountiful Children's Foundation team traveled to Colombia to screen children for malnutrition across the country. The results were sobering. According to Rees, the malnutrition rates varied "from city to city and region to region, depending on a number of factors. In Ipiales, over a third of the children screened (11 out of 27) were malnourished, whereas, in Popayan, over half (77 of 134) fell below the standards set by the World Health Organization."