Following the establishment of a Haiti base in 2015, Lumos expanded into Colombia in 2017. This growth of programmes in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region marked a significant step for Lumos towards achieving the organisation’s global mission.
ColombiaChildren belong in families,
Figures from the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) suggest that there are nearly 15,000 children living in institutions in Colombia. Working with partner organisations, Lumos aims to support the transformation of the care system moving from institutionalisation to family based care.
Lumos in Colombia
Lumos’ expansion into the country was announced during a 'Symposium on the transformation of care services for children in Colombia', in Bogotá. The Symposium brought together public sector and civil society professionals to discuss best practice in the field, and is one in a series of conferences presented by Lumos and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the University of Ireland, Galway, and Pennsylvania State University.
The continuing expansion of Lumos’ LAC presence is part of a long-term strategy to develop models of family-based care in different regions of the world.