El Banquete del Bronx

Photography and short film: Orlando Beltrán and El Banquete del Bronx

Bogotá, Colombia.  

In Bogotá alone, national police records show that 1,175 of the city’s 9,538 registered homeless people were murdered between 2007 and 2017. That's one homeless person killed every day in Colombia. Street dwellers in Bogotá, Antioquia and Valle del Cauca have suffered the most. Enter Orlando Beltrán the founder of 'El Banquete del Bronx'. Everywhere he goes, Orlando brings with him a pair of surgical gloves. This is his commitment to any street resident who requires medical help, anytime and anywhere. He has made it his personal mission to the homeless, getting water, soap and medicine to cure the needy. Orlando is particularly concerned about the children of drug addicts on the street, as they are most vulnerable to these influences and are entrenched in the cycle of poverty and street crime. While others may see him as a guardian angel for street dwellers, he sees them as his angels, providing motivation and inspiration for what he does daily. Orlando sees the need for this commitment as there are between 800-1000 homeless who live on the streets today. To address this issue, he established the foundation “The Banquet of the Bronx” to help inhabitants in extreme street situations throughout Colombia.


Client : Panadol GSK
Agency : Grey Singapore