Edier lives with his father and his stepmother. His duties at home include making beds and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his stepmother maintains the home.
For fun, Edier enjoys soccer and baseball. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in middle school where his performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Edier will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Edier lives in the coastal community of Apartado-Antioquia, home to approximately 131,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with aluminum tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include the flu, fevers and diarrhea. Most adults in Apartado-Antioquia work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $301 per month. This community has electricity and telephones but needs employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Fuente de Vida to provide Edier with Bible studies, health and hygiene education, nutritious snacks, games, self-esteem workshops and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Edier.
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 of Medellin