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Jhon Alexis Paniagua Acevedo  

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  • Age: 11
  • Birthday: February 10, 2003
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Colombia
  • Center: C.D.I. Avanzar
  • Child ID: CO1700511
    • Waiting: 303 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
In his home, Jhon helps by helping in the kitchen and running errands. He lives with his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather is employed and his mother is employed. There are 2 children in the family.

For fun, Jhon enjoys soccer, basketball and art. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.

Please remember Jhon in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jhon lives in the mountainous community of Belen Zafra, home to approximately 45,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The population is comprised of mixed races and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include viruses, malnutrition, gastroenteritis and gastritis. Most adults in Belen Zafra work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $109 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs schools and food supplies.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Avanzar Student Center to provide Jhon with Bible teaching, medical exams, nutritious food, social events, cultural programs and educational classes. The center staff will also provide parents' school for the parents or guardians of Jhon.
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: West Medellín

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