Eddy lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Eddy enjoys soccer, running and playing group games. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in middle school where his performance is above average.
Your love and support will help Eddy to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Eddy lives in the mountainous community of Fontidueño-Bello home to approximately 6,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diarrhea, fevers, influenza, asthma, viruses, respiratory illnesses, hepatitis and yellow fever. Most adults in Fontidueño-Bello work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $172 per month. This community has water, telephone service and electricity but needs schools, employment opportunities, sexual abuse eradication and food.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Frutos de Amor to provide Eddy with Bible teaching, health education, birthday celebrations, field trips, sports and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide counseling and parents' school for the parents or guardians of Eddy.
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: Northeast of Medellín