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Angie lives on the plains of Puerto Lopez, home to approximately 1,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, tin walls and corrugated iron roofs. The population is comprised of mixed races and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include fever, influenza, diarrhea and hernias. Most adults in Puerto Lopez are unemployed but some work as fishers and earn the equivalent of $52 per month. This community needs secondary schools, scholastic materials and proper sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Puerto Lopez Student Center to provide Angie with Bible teaching, recreation activities, health and hygiene instruction, medical care, nutritious food, social events, opportunities for community service, counseling and educational classes. The center staff will also provide counseling and educational courses for the parents or guardians of Angie.
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: Southeast of Magangué