Luisa lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. Luisa works at home making beds, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Luisa participates in camp. She is also in high school where her performance is above average. Listening to music is her favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Luisa will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Luisa lives in one of the mountainous communities of Barrios Guadalupe, San Pablo and Santa Cecilia, home to approximately 20,000 people. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, plantains and beef. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, skin infections and parasites. Most adults are unemployed but some work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $126 per month. These communities need employment opportunities and an improved education system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of My Little Heart Center of Integral Development to provide Luisa with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, community service opportunities, birthday celebrations, self-esteem workshops, vocational workshops and educational classes. The center staff will also provide counseling and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Luisa.
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: Northeast Medellin