Hector M lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, bicycling and listening to music are Hector M's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and camp.
Your care and consistent sponsorship are especially important to Hector M because he has epilepsy and is receiving regular medical treatment. Thank you for your love and prayers.
Hector M lives in the mountainous community of Barrio Los Ducales, home to approximately 1,307,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bread, bananas and rice. Common health problems in this area include viral infections, diarrhea, vomiting, fevers, malnutrition and colds. Most of the adults in Barrio Los Ducales work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $166 per month. This community has electricity and phone service but needs hospitals, schools, employment opportunities and recreational facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI El Remanente Student Center to provide Hector M with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious meals, school supplies, physical education and etiquette classes. The center staff will also provide community service opportunities and family planning conferences for the parents or guardians of Hector Mren.
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: Southwest Bogota