SOS Children's Villages in Colombia

At present there are seven SOS Children’s Villages, five SOS Youth Facilities, one SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, two SOS Vocational Training Centres and sixteen SOS Social Centres. The activities of SOS Children's Villages in Colombia started in 1971. The first programme was established in Bogota, the country's capital city. Currently SOS Children's Villages is supporting children both in SOS families and in their families of origin through seven programmes in the country.

A country shattered by decades of conflict

 

SOS family wearing traditional clothes, SOS Children's Village Cali - photo: SOS Archives
SOS family wearing traditional clothes, SOS Children's Village Cali - photo: SOS Archives

 

The Republic of Colombia is a country in the north-west of South America.

Colombia is the only South American country that has both Caribbean and Pacific coasts. It has the Andes running down its western side, the "Llanos" to the east and the Amazon jungle to the south.

With roughly 47 million people, the country has the third largest Spanish-speaking population worldwide after Mexico and Spain.

Over the last fifty years, Colombia has been marked by an intractable and complex internal conflict that has consumed many lives and led to the displacement of millions of Colombians. The recurring patterns of violence include murder, torture, kidnappings of civilians and forced displacement. Unequal land distribution has been one of the root causes of conflict and displacement in Colombia.

In recent years, Colombia has launched a wide-ranging tourism campaign in order to improve the country's tainted reputation in the world and attract more foreign visitors.