Andrea lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include washing clothes and making beds. Her father is employed and her mother is employed. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Andrea enjoys art, listening to music and running. She attends church activities regularly and is in high school where her performance is above average.
Please remember Andrea in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Andrea lives in the mountainous community of Comuna Alfonso López, 1 and 2 sector, home to approximately 23,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bread, rice, beans and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include intestinal infections, influenza, allergies and respiratory illnesses. Most adults work as day laborers or in factories and earn the equivalent of $264 per month. This community needs more schools, employment opportunities, suitable housing, parks and libraries.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Restauración to provide Andrea with Bible teaching, nutrition and hygiene education, vaccinations, sports, birthday celebrations, educational field trips and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide child development workshops for the parents or guardians of Andrea.
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: South Bogota