In his home, Yeison helps by making beds, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed and his mother is employed. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Yeison participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer, swimming and art are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Yeison will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yeison lives in one of the mountainous communities of Mangos or Golondrinas, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, beef, rice and plantains. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition and viruses. Most adults in Mangos and Golondrinas work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $164 per month. These communities have water and electricity but need schools, food supplies and drug abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Senderos de Amor to provide Yeison with Bible teaching, medical exams, nutritious food, social events, recreational activities, life skills training, vocational programs and academic support. The center staff will also provide meetings, retreats and parents' school for the parents or guardians of Yeison.
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: East Medellín