Luis lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is not employed and his mother is sometimes employed.
Luis is not presently attending school. Soccer, playing ball games and listening to music are his favorite activities. He also attends Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Luis will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Luis lives in the mountainous community of Chigorodo Antioquia, home to approximately 65,400 residents. Typical houses have cement floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Embera Katio.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, chicken, beef, plantains, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, skin diseases, breathing problems and intestinal infections. Most adults in Chigorodo Antioquia work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $128 per month. This community needs schools, law enforcement and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Shadai Student Center to provide Luis with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious meals, medical care, lessons on morals, tutoring, literacy classes and counseling. The center staff will also provide parents' school for the parents or guardians of Luis.
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 Medellín