The Collo Ocoro Family BoGota, Colombia

The Collo Ocoro Family of six moved into their house one and a half years ago, and still lives there. Before we delve into their life, you should get a feeling for Colombia first. But first let's look at the highlights of the families house.

The Toilet

While it doesn't look like much, it is better than most of the regions means of 'getting rid of waste.' Toilets aren't uncommon Collo Ocoro Family is lucky to have one in good condition.

The Sink

The Collo Ocoro Families sink is very basic, but works. It consists of a pan, a bar of soap and a brush.

The Bedroom + Dinning area

Since it's a small house, some rooms must be multipurpose, such as the bedroom and dining room. The Collo Ocoro Family eats around the room, eating a variety of dishes native to them but alien to us.


A luxury in the third world and a everyday thing in the first world, the tv is truly making an appearance around the earth. It may look old and ugly to us, but it's a luxury in Colombia. It might not have satellite connection, it still works.

As you can see, this family doesn't live in complete poverty, but isn't necessarily living the dream. They have the luxury of beds, food, tv that people could only wish for.

Violence in Columbia

For half a century, Colombia has been at war with the FARC, scrambling against each other in a war for territory, displacing 6.7 million people and has taken the lives of 220,000. But, has recnently ended, but a new enemy is arising, the drug cartels. Colombia being the leading country for the manufacturing of coca and cocaine, and is also a major exporter of heroine. These cartels are notorious for kidnapping children for various reasons, forcing them to make drugs or use them as child soldiers. This is one of the main factors of people being displaced across Colombia, and the main reason this family moved to the safety of the city. It is not recommended to travel to Colombia because of the high crime rates. This chart shows out of 100 how crime is in Colombia.

Healthcare in Colombia

Tropical viruses are an issue in Colombia, such as malaria and yellow fever. Yellow fever is a problem in Colombia, because of its high mortality rate and is possible epidemic potential. The Colombian government has acknowledged this threat and campaigns against yellow fever. Sickness isn't the only health issue in Colombia, snake bites are another concern, with the shortage of snake anti venoms and the deadly poison of the lance head viper are responsible for high mortality rates. Children also suffer malnutrition, with 20% of children diagnosed with malnutrition.

Education in Colombia

Education in Colombia has significantly improved in the last 50 years, with enrollment in primary school nearly doubling, high school increasing by six, and college enrolment increasing 15 times. But, this also comes with new challenges, such as access to this education, and the quality of education in certain regions. The Colombian government has acknowledged this and has established a program intended to increase coverage of education, and improve education in places where it hasn't already. In 2015 Colombia's education budget was raised by 5.75%, and the president, Juan Manuel Santos, believes this will make Colombia the highest educated country in Latin America.

Colombia as a whole is benefiting from this, seeing as even the low income portion of Colombia is being educated.

Collo Ocoro Family

The Collo Ocoro Family moved to the city to avoid rural fighting. The house was built themselves, with the help of family and friends. Alba is the family's mother, and on her own is taking care of her five children. Through her tailoring business, she makes 300 000 Colombian pesos a month, which isn't actually a lot, it only adds up to about $163. This is actually under minimum wage, with minimum wage in Colombia being $328, and the average monthly salary being $692. The family buys 70% of their food from the market, but they also spend 70% of their income on food. The walls of their house are brick, and the roof of the house is tin. The house is secured by a lock.

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