Family food security in Colombia

Funding required: $148,500

This project will help: 741 children and families

Estimated completion date: June 2021

Country: Colombia

Executive summary

In many low-income countries, food insecurity poses a major threat to children’s future. Chronic malnutrition causes problems including severe stunting, low school performance and reduced immunity to infectious diseases. It also contributes to higher mortality rates among pregnant women and new mothers. In Colombia, the state of food security was already alarming before the outbreak of COVID-19. The pandemic has caused the situation to become increasingly dire.

Compassion’s front-line church partners in Colombia have been working hard to distribute food packages to as many beneficiaries as possible. The national government has also provided aid. However, some rural areas in the northern part of the country have been unable to access any resources from the state at all. While our partners have done everything in their power to help, their resources are running thin.

Our front-line churches identified 741 beneficiaries in these regions whose families have space on their properties for home gardens. By growing their own produce and rearing small animals like pigs and chickens, these families would be able to generate their own resources and support local food security.

Did you know?

Due to internal violence, recurring natural disasters and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, the United Nations estimates that 5.1 million Colombians need humanitarian assistance, of which 2.4 million require food and nutrition assistance.

Provide families in Colombia with food security during the COVID-19 crisis

Summary

Background

Compassion Colombia is committed to helping children and families get through the COVID-19 crisis. Your gift will help 35 frontline church partners in rural Colombia provide 741 families with the training and resources they need to start their own home gardens. A total of 255 families identified as being especially vulnerable will also receive food kits for three months as they get their gardens established.

Parents will receive virtual training on food production and sustainable farming practices through SENA, a Colombian public institution that develops vocational programs for the labour force. After successfully completing their courses parents will receive seeds, fertilizer and small animals to rear. Progress will be monitored by a professional agronomist for four months. This intervention will have a lasting impact on these communities; once established, parents will return 10 per cent of the supply to their Compassion centres so that other children in need can also access nutritious food.

The need

Compassion Colombia is committed to helping children and families get through the COVID-19 crisis. Your gift will help 35 frontline church partners in rural Colombia provide 741 families with the training and resources they need to start their own home gardens. A total of 255 families identified as being especially vulnerable will also receive food kits for three months as they get their gardens established.

Parents will receive virtual training on food production and sustainable farming practices through SENA, a Colombian public institution that develops vocational programs for the labour force. After successfully completing their courses parents will receive seeds, fertilizer and small animals to rear. Progress will be monitored by a professional agronomist for four months. This intervention will have a lasting impact on these communities; once established, parents will return 10 per cent of the supply to their Compassion centres so that other children in need can also access nutritious food.

What your gift will do

Your gift will help our frontline church partners to provide the following:

  • Emergency food kits for 255 vulnerable beneficiaries and their families, for three months:
    • Rice, lentils, beans, peas, cornmeal, oat flakes, pasta, brown corn, eggs, milk, coffee, sugar, panela, oil, salt, chocolate bars
  • Hygiene kits (facemasks, soap, hand sanitizer) for staff and families
  • Virtual training program through SENA institute for 741 parents, including wifi connectivity to 35 Compassion centres and printed posters for beneficiaries
  • Emergency food kits for 255 vulnerable beneficiaries and their families, for three months:
    • Soil analysis
    • Vegetable seeds and fertilizer
    • 30 chickens each for 440 families
    • 80 hens each for 80 families
    • 2 pigs each for 38 families
    • Shed and construction for animals
  • Support from a professional agronomist for 741 families for four months
  • Banking expenses
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Logistics

  • Local contribution: US$25,168
  • Handling of funds: Church partners will work with technical advisers to make quality, local bulk seed and fertilizer purchases.
  • Monitoring: An agronomist will be assigned to each church partner to oversee the implementation of this project and will conduct four monitoring visits to each family over four months.
  • Follow-up: At the end of the first harvest, Compassion staff and advisors will evaluate the effectiveness of the program and conduct monthly reports on all activities. Parents will return 10 per cent of their product to the Compassion centres to provide food to other children in need.
80%

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.