Heavy rains in northern Colombia have lead to disastrous floods and landslides that have claimed the lives of some 200 people. More than 1.5 million people have lost their homes and both Colombian and international governmental organisations and NGOs are scrambling to help those who have lost everything.
An initial situation assessment carried out by an emergency team of SOS Children found that help is not reaching affected children as quickly as it should, and has identified 90 children without adequate food or adults to care for them. Many adults are caught up with the identification of dead bodies and funeral proceedings, while others are still waiting for news of their loved ones.
Since 7th December, five SOS Children staff members have been providing basic nutrition to 82 children and their families in the municipality of Bello in the Province of Antioquia, and will continue to do so for at least ten days.
An SOS Emergency Care Centre has also been set up to offer educational and psychological support, as well as recreational activities for children whose parents need to take care of pressing family matters.
In the meantime, SOS staff are identifying those families in most urgent need in order to better coordinate support coming from SOS Children's Villages itself as well as from the government and other organisations.At present there are six SOS Children’s Villages, SOS Youth Homes at all locations, one SOS Nursery, one SOS School, two SOS Vocational Training Centres and SOS Social Centres at eight locations in Colombia. Read more about our work in Colombia.