Laura lives with her grandmother. Her duties at home include washing clothes, making beds and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. Her grandmother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Laura participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in middle school where her performance is above average. Art, playing ball games and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Laura will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Laura lives in the mountainous community of Robledo Parque, home to approximately 107,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread and beef. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, lice, influenza and coughs. Most adults in Robledo Parque are unemployed but some work as street market vendors and earn the equivalent of $177 per month. This community needs education centers, food and affordable housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Robledo Parque Student Center to provide Laura with Bible teaching, nutritious snacks, health education, birthday celebrations, sports, leadership workshops and academic support. The center staff will also provide parents' school, special celebrations and counseling for the parents or guardians of Laura.
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: West Medellín