In his home, Benjamin helps by carrying water, making beds and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Benjamin enjoys soccer, bicycling and listening to music. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Your love and support will help Benjamin to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Benjamin lives in the community of Municipio de Apartado Antioquia, home to approximately 148,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas and chicken. Common health problems in this area include degenerative illnesses, breathing problems, skin infections, viruses, fevers and malnutrition. Most adults in Municipio de Apartado Antioquia work on banana plantations and earn the equivalent of $204 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs employment opportunities and libraries.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Americano Student Center to provide Benjamin with Bible teaching, medical and dental exams, nutritious food, sports, special celebrations, tuition, tutoring and English courses. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Benjamin.
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 Medellin