Population: 50,882,891 in 2022
GDP per capita (US$): $5,335 in 2020
The burden of malnutrition in Colombia:
- Anemia in pregnancy decreased from 33.4% in 2000 to 21.8% in 2019
- Low birth weight Infants decreased from 10.5% in 2000 to 10% in 2015
- Under-5 mortality rate per 1,000 live births:
- Boys decreased from 27.7 in 2000 to 15.2 in 2019
- Girls decreased from 22 in 2000 to 12.2 in 2019
- Malnutrition in children under 5 years of age:
- Stunting decreased from 18.2% in 2000 to 12.7% in 2016
- Wasting increased from 1% in 2000 to 1.6% in 2016
Source: Global Nutrition Report, 2022
Bountiful Children in Colombia:
- Bountiful Children’s Foundation began serving in Colombia in July 2014
- 228 children receive help each month as of 2022
- See additional information below
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."
Communities in Colombia
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Considering A Donation?
100% of your donation goes directly toward helping children in need! Overhead costs are covered by generous board member donations.
- $8 = feeds 1 child for a month
- $25 = feeds 3 children for a month
- $100 = feeds 1 child for a year
- $500 = feeds an average community for a month
- $6,000 = adopts a community of your choice for one year
Our mission is to provide nutritional supplementation to malnourished children and pregnant/nursing mothers as well as to teach health and cognitive development skills to families in the areas we serve.