Xiomara lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. Her father is employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Xiomara participates in Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in high school where her performance is above average. Swimming, listening to music and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Xiomara will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Xiomara lives on the plains of Yumbo, home to approximately 120,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bread, chicken, beef, plantains, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include influenza, headaches and asthma. Most adults in Yumbo are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $62 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, drug abuse prevention programs and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Betel Center of Integral Development to provide Xiomara with Bible teaching, dental exams, eyeglasses, accident insurance, counseling, recreational activities, leadership training and educational classes. The center staff will also provide counseling and educational classes for the parents or guardians of Xiomara.
Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, Colombia's terrain ranges from the cooler highlands to the tropical coast along the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Vast stretches of lowlands east of the mountains are thinly populated and only partially explored.
Two of Colombia's main exports are coffee and oil, though drug trafficking is a serious problem. About 73 percent of the population is urban, and most Colombians are Catholic. The racial makeup includes mestizos (Spanish and Native American), Europeans, those of black and white ancestry, and those of black and Native American ancestry. Spanish is the official language. Compassion works in Colombia's most populated northern regions.
Since its liberation from Spain in the early 19th century, Colombia has violently struggled to find its identity. In 1886, Colombia established its first constitution, which was modified and updated in 1991. The document established the basic present-day government structure consolidating the central government, ending rivalries among political factions, and creating the oldest democracy in Latin America. Yet peaceful coexistence among the multiethnic and multiparty groups in this country remains elusive. Despite a growing sense of confidence in the economy helped in part by a free trade agreement with the United States, Colombia resides in a perpetual state of political and social turmoil. Warring factions have battled for control since independence. Thousands of political figures have been massacred, and paramilitary groups that formed have installed a legacy of terrorism that ravages the country today. The National Front brought a measure of stability in the 1960s, but for all the gains made, Colombia is still plagued by political corruption, drug wars, guerrilla activity and terrorist violence.
Map of Colombia
Child's Location: Northwest of Cali