Even though the city of Medellin has seen significant improvements in the last decades, there is still a lot that can be done. Statistics provide different numbers but according to a study done by the The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), over 50% of the population in the Medellin metropolitan area is poor and 60% work in the informal labor market or is under-employed.
This is equally true for the topic of education. Antioquia, the department where Medellin belongs to is ahead in comparison to the rest of Colombia. However, it still does not meet OECD averages. tertiary education participation rates are still low, the average years in formal education is on the lower end of the spectrum as well.
The Medellin Archdiocese Food Bank released a study where they showed that over 50% of the population of Medellin don’t have access to three meals a day. Some parts of the city are even worse off with figures going up as high as 89%. Most of which are located in the north-eastern part of the city.
What can you do? Volunteering Medellín
There are many ways you can help impoverished people and children in the city of Medellin. Volunteering in Medellin can be done by numerous organizations and nonprofits. Below we have provided you with a list of organizations where you can volunteer in Medellín. Volunteering can be done for just a day or for however long you would like. Every little bit helps in these situations. You can also help by making a donation to these organizations.
List of organizations
- Kind Footprint – (Food, Education, Medical Services & Jobs): Kind Footprint is a U.S.-based nonprofit with a grassroots humanitarian aid project in Colombia called ‘Empower the Barrios’. The organization is 100% transparent and has an efficiency rate 97,6%. You can volunteer for all sorts of jobs. Volunteering is possible on any day of the week for any amount of time. A couple of these are:
How to get in touch:
Address: Cra. 32d #9 – 17, Medellín, Colombia
Phone: + 57 322 7 419 375