In his home, Juan helps by making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed and his mother is employed. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Juan participates in church activities and youth group. He is also in middle school where his performance is above average. Soccer and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Juan to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Juan lives in the mountainous community of Vista Hermosa, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of corn, beans, plantains, rice and chicken. Common health problems in this area include bronchial illnesses, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS and chickenpox. Most adults in Vista Hermosa work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $312 per month. This community has water, electricity and telephone service but needs food, libraries and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Vista Hermosa to provide Juan with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, medical exams, sports, special celebrations and academic reinforcement. In addition, preschool classes are available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide handicraft training for the parents or guardians of Juan.
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 Bogotá