Project #5296

Help Colombian Children with Chronic Malnutrition

by Conexion Colombia

In order to develop our purpose we are working with the following programs:

1. 13 pregnant women and 280 mothers and children (aged 0 to 2.5 years), in the areas of nutrition, strengthening mother-child bond, and psychomotor development of the child's affection, strengthening the mother's self-esteem, interpersonal relationships and self-management.
2. 72 children between 2.5 and 5 years who attend the centers from 8 am to 5 pm.
3. 124 children  between 5 and 9 years, who come to lunch and attend various workshops in the afternoon.

Our total direct beneficiaries are 476 children and 293 mothers and the total indirect beneficiaries are 460 families in Usaquén in Bogotá.

15 pregnant women gave birth to children in good condition except for two, the son of one of them borned out of time. In order to intervene effectively the foundation tookthe anthropometric measurements, which showed 35% of children have good levels of nutrition, 8.3% suffer desnutrition and the 35%  have the risk of low weight, 

According to this results, it was identified children with negative nutritional diagnosis and begun to do an individual work with each of one for intervening and to get better children situation,.

With the medicine students of Sabana University started an individual work with the families who lived a critically situation in terms of nutrition. They did this work through home visits and workshops.

The psychology students of Sabana and Monserrate Universities finished the developmental curve of children between 1 and 5 years. We started to wor individualy and grupally in order to correct language and motor problems.

We did recreative activities during the cacations of children with our donors like visit to the zoo, to the park. Also we did dance workshops.

We want to thank your support and generosity and we invite you to keep working for our children.

Thank you very much!


Current status of the affected population and their needs.
work with children and mothers are based on the user's knowledge within their families and communities, through interviews and home visits, after which you customize your problems and create a recovery plan where the family goes plaintiff main solution. So from the moment that is user customization starts participating family finding problems to be solved and in many cases looking for personal growth plans and their families. We are facilitators of development by directing them to local authorities, businesses, other foundations to find tools to solve their problems and are managing their development.

470 families are being met at levels 1 and 2 classified in the poverty line or poverty threshold: According to the report of the Directorate for Prevention and Emergency Response Plan and Local Development from 25 to 30% of homes have seismic hazards and landslides are Arauquita neighborhoods, Santa Cecilia High and low, North Hill, the Pearl, Codito, Bella Vista, the Estrellita and the viewpoint, 92% of the population has no access to home ownership, living in tenements and 75% had temporary jobs, basically different areas, with a salary less than the legal minimum wage, where only one household member works and has an average of 4 people to hold. Currently 37% of children and 30% of expectant mothers linked to the program are in a state of malnutrition.

TODAY we invite them to CHANGE LIVES TOGETHER looking, nutritional recovery and harmonious development of 444 children / as from birth to age 9, and 249 of 28 pregnant mothers with children / as in early childhood.
You are welcome if you want to come to our NGO to know what are we doing and the amazing results of our job¡¡

Thank you very much for your donation. Your making possible the dreams of 470 families.



We ended the year 2011 with the care of 756 children, 46 mothers in pregnancy,  91% of their babies were born with normal weight and size, were treated 396 mothers and their children in early childhood training and educational groups who were trained in different themes handled according to your needs, such as healthy lifestyles, pregnancy: an encounter with life, breastfeeding, enfermedadesprevalentes in early childhood, among others, these groups were conducted training and so pedagogically fun, it had the support of entities belonging to different local networks that handle issues related to our mission.

These people belong to our three nutrition centers located in the town of Usaquén of the City of Bogota. This particular group who are being treated individually have been motivated to continue their recovery process for the year 2012 both these children and their parents, some of them have been referred to other local entities to coordinate actions and services to lograrsu full recovery and influence effectively in promoting and preventing problems of emphasis malnutrición.Nuestro care children in early childhood continue crónicay dedesnutrición problem with direct knowledge of the habitat of our families beneficiaries and their environment that allows us to better guidance and advice to its various problems.

With the support of our donors and sponsors of our children achieve for the year-end festivities, play and recreational activities can enjoy theme parks and recreation, parties and Christmas presents as they enjoyed in the company of their families, it should be noted that all our beneficiaries belong to strata 1 and 2 whose families have meager resources económicosya its use is informal, many mothers heads of families who live with their extended families

After evaluating our service with our people, we observed a greater understanding of the importance of physical exercise and  eating well. The mothers developed activities in the hands craft workshop making some subsequent economic income support its domestic economy and expressed their satisfaction to our donors and their support. 

To our benefactors who have supported our children, a special thanks, inviting them to hopefully personally know us, we sent some pictures of special activities in the new year,


The project aims to work in the prevention of child nutrition problems and the promotion of proper eating habits in families of children served by the foundation who once nutritional values, is making plans customized and individualized intervention so comprehensive nutritional, psychosocial and educational. At the same time there are activities such as nutritional surveillance, specialized diet, psychosocial care, the scale of neurodevelopment, anemia status, educational home visits by monitoring and evaluations of the progress and achievements of each child, also is linked parents and / or caregivers to training and educational workshops with mothers,

Our children reside in the town of Usaquén of Bogota (Colombia), their socioeconomic status is very precarious. Generally, parents and mothers working in different trades, construction, security guards, street vending, utilities and others, and their average income is $ 500,000 per month, paying rent in tenements, has access to public services.

During the individual attention you shoot anthropometric measures according to their age group on a regular basis, reflecting the evolution of the nutritional status of children: according to analysis by the nutritionist. Thanks to the balanced diet they are getting according to their problems and active participation of families in the workshops of food and nutrition education, 83% of children who are in the program improved their condition of malnutrition.

There has been among children with a greater acceptance of certain foods such as vegetables and whole fruits, because the pleasure to consume. Mothers have also taken a greater awareness of the importance of healthy eating habits which affects the quality of food offered to their families

Future Plans:

NURTURING Foundation based on their experience of 30 years in the management of nutritional problems particularly affecting early childhood, continue to innovate and re-directing their programs based on continuous evaluation that makes management. In this regard it is important to recognize that some phenomena related to food insecurity have been declining over time, and the severity of these problems. No emabrgo is important to continue working to strengthen social and community networks.

On the other hand beginning to see more and more children / younger ages as overweight and obese regardless of their socioeconomic conditions. Therefore, the Nurture Foundation has initiated intervention processes to this problem with the support of academic and avoid replicating this phenomenon further.

"Bray ORJUELA ALEXANDER, CHILD OF 7 YEARS SAYS benefited from the program: Thank God there are still people as generous as UDS. GOD BLESS YOU FOR SUPPORT AND HELP TO BE MORE FELICICES, THANKS "

Our donors are invited to learn about our boys and girls, also contact us through our website or Colombia login page if they want further information or comment on the project and we thank them continue to support.


Children Participating in a Workshop
Children Participating in a Workshop

NUTRIR Foundation is progressing in its aim to effectively promote the awareness of and to prevent the causes of infantile malnutrition, particularly through active involvement in the family of each child. NUTRIR Foundation continues to help each chronically malnourished children by individually assessing the extent of malnutrition and then implementing varied intervention plans in areas like nutrition, socio-psychology, and pedagogy. More specifically, such projects in these areas include: raising nutritional awareness, implementing specialized diets, assessing the incidence of anemia, providing psychological support and encouraging psychological development. NUTRIR Foundation holds educational workshops for each different family, and also visits their home and performs follow-ups; this is because the degree of nutritional improvement for each child is linked to their parents' improved understanding of proper nutrition through educational workshops.

Our children live in Usaquén, a neighborhood in Bogotá. Their socioeconomic situation is vulnerable. Their parents work minimum-wage jobs in areas such as construction or surveillance, or if they are in a less stable position they may work in an itinerant fashion (e.g. in the service sector). The families have access to social services and they generally lease or rent their homes as tenants.

When individually examining each child, their height and weight are measured in relation to the norm for their age group which helps to gauge their relative nutritional development. According to the assessment of a nutritionist who works for NUTRIR Foundation, the level of nutrition for the treated children and the estimation of anemia have improved. These improvements are results of balanced diets which are personalized to each child's deficiencies and problems, and of familial involvement in informational workshops. NUTRIR Foundation achieved 83% of the nutritional goals set for its children.

NUTRIR Foundation has achieved success in introducing healthy means of sustenance, particularly fruits and vegetables, which the children really like. At home, mothers' improved knowledge of nutrition and nourishment are seen in their providing healthy food for their children on the weekends.

Brayan Alexander Orjuela, a 7 year-old boy who has benefitted from this program, says: “Thank you God for people as generous as you. May God bless you for supporting us and helping us to be happier. A million thanks.”

To our donors: We invite you to get to know our boys and girls. You can contact us through our website:, or through Conexión Colombia: If you wish to learn more about our project or want to give your opinion we invite you to contact us through our website.



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Organization Information

Conexion Colombia

Location: Bogota, Cundinamarca - Colombia
Website: http:/​/​​
Conexion Colombia
Project Leader:
Martina Cocco
Bogota, D.C. Colombia

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