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Colombia

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Sponsors have helped Colombian children since 1974, when Compassion teamed up with churches in Colombia to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

northern South America

Favorite ...

sports: soccer, tejo (players throw a puck at a target), baseball

foods: fried plantains, empanadas, Arroz con Leche

celebrations: Carnival, Easter, Epiphany, Christmas, All Saints’ Day

Claim to Fame

home to more species of birds (1,900) than any other country

Wild Residents

capybaras, humpback whales, sloths, black spider monkeys

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Poverty Pitfalls

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Many kids, especially under age 5, are malnourished. Sponsored kids eat healthy meals at their Compassion centers.
There is a shortage of clean water. Churches give water filters to many families who need them.
Public schools are crowded and don’t have enough skilled teachers. Sponsored kids go to school and also learn from tutors at their centers.

Fun Facts

home to many famous authors like Gabriel Garcia Márquez

celebrates Carnival, a two-day festival with parades, costumes, masks and dances

has a world-champion roller speed skating team

drinks more fruit juice than most other countries

full name is Republic of Colombia

The Andean condor, one of the world’s largest flying birds, is the national symbol.

Stat Snapshot

Stats

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Population

47,698,524 326,625, 791

People Living in Poverty

27.8% 15.1%

Languages

Spanish, English, many ethnic languages

English 79%, Spanish 13%, Indo-European 3.7%, Asian and Pacific Island 3.4%, other 1%

Religions

Roman Catholic 79%, Protestant 14%, other/unspecified 7%

Protestant 46.5%, unaffiliated 22.8%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, other Christian 0.9%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%, other/unspecified 2.4%

Typical Family Income

$14,500 per year $59,500 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018

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A Place to Belong

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Christmas in Colombia

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Natilla y Buñuelos

Children in orange uniforms singing and clapping

Make a Joyful Noise!

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Colombian Code Cracker

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Tropical Smoothie

Finished Empanadas

Incredible Empanadas

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Arroz con Leche