Alexander lives with his stepfather and his mother. His duties at home include making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. His stepfather is employed and his mother is sometimes employed.
Alexander is not presently attending school. Soccer, bicycling and playing group games are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities, Bible class and camp regularly.
Please remember Alexander in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Alexander lives in the mountainous community of Barrio Popular #1, home to approximately 25,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and cement roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and skin infections. Most adults work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $213 per month. This community needs supplies of food and clothing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Popular Student Center to provide Alexander with Bible teaching, medical exams, nutritious meals, health education and recreational activities. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching, counseling and educational opportunities for the parents or guardians of Alexander.
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: Northeast Medellin