Marcos lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for helping in the kitchen and cleaning. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer and listening to music are Marcos's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Marcos will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Marcos lives in the mountainous community of Barrio la Milagrosa, home to approximately 19,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, beef, plantains, rice, potatoes and bread. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, intestinal infections and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Barrio la Milagrosa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $269 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Generación de Poder to provide Marcos with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical exams, recreational activities, special celebrations, academic support, music classes and etiquette training. The center staff will also provide educational lectures for the parents or guardians of Marcos.
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 Medellin