Colombia is said to be Latin America’s, if not the world’s, “Capital of internally displaced people” as a result of a violent civil war that forced thousands of rural, indigenous families to flee their homes. 80% of these individuals sought refuge in urban areas and habitually encountered difficulty finding adequate housing, obtaining healthcare, and locating employment to sustain them. The transition from rural to urban life has been disturbing and has left devastating effects on children including lack of access to education, healthcare, and involvement of children in child labor.
Bridges of Hope is currently addressing the needs of the displaced population, as well as populations living in marginalized communities. Both populations are suffering from lack of basic necessities. Our projects and programs are focused on needs around Cartagena, Colombia. Medical, vision, and dental care, educational programs, community development initiatives, vocational training, and social outreaches contribute to breaking the cycle of generational poverty. The success of these outreaches is accomplished by Colombians and Americans working together to provide real solutions to real people with real needs. For more information on Cartagena, see the website www.cartagenainfo.net.
AT OUR LAST MEDICAL CLINIC IN 2018…
Received Physician Consultation and Medical Care
Received Dental Services
Fast Facts On Colombia…
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- RURAL POVERTY HEADCOUNT RATION AT NATIONAL POVERTY LINES 42.8% 42.8%
- INCOME SHARE HELD BY LOWEST 20% 3.3% 3.3%
- PEOPLE LIVING BELOW POVERTY LINE 28.5% 28.5%
- PEOPLE LIVING IN EXTREME POVERTY 8.1% 8.1%
NUMBER OF RURAL POOR (2014)
BRIDGE THE HOPE TO COLOMBIA
Bridges of Hope International began taking international teams into Colombia in 2007. Many bridges have been built, but there is still much to be done. Partner with us this summer as we continue to change lives; one person at a time.
Impact Trip//July 2016
Bridges of Hope International traveled to Cartagena, Colombia in July 2016. We had technology and business seminars with our partners, Actuar Por Bolivar and the Carlos and Sonia Haime Foundation, educating 160 students on how to design a website and also starting a business. We had a vision clinic, providing 300 reading glasses to 2 different communities. We visited a nursing home, celebrating their birthdays and also providing new clothes for the residents. We visited a children’s hospital with very sick children, giving each child a coloring book and crayons…more importantly our love and prayers! We would love to have you come on our next Impact Trip! Sign up today!