Julio lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for helping in the kitchen and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Julio participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer and walking are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Julio to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Julio lives in the community of Magangue Bolivar, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of fish, beans, bananas, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, skin infections, parasites and anemia. Half of the adults in Magangue Bolivar are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $188 per month. This community needs more teachers, employment opportunities, paved streets, a sewer system and security.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Interamericano Student Center to provide Julio with Bible teaching, eye and medical checkups, health education, first aid courses, community service opportunities, games, music classes and vocational skills training. The center staff will also provide marriage advice and workshops on tailoring and cooking for the parents or guardians of Julio.
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 Magangue