Johana lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include washing clothes and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. Her father is employed as a seller in the market and her mother is employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Johana participates in Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in vocational training where her performance is above average. Playing ball games, listening to music and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Johana will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Johana lives in the mountainous community of Salvador Allende, home to approximately 380,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include viruses, skin infections, malnutrition, diarrhea and intestinal problems. Most adults in Salvador Allende work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $312 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and food.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of 12 de Octubre Student Center to provide Johana with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, nutrition education, sports, birthday celebrations, academic support and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide health and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Johana.
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.
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Child's Location: Northwestern Medellin