Carlos lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is employed and his mother is employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, basketball and listening to music are Carlos's favorite activities. In high school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Please remember Carlos in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Carlos lives in the mountainous community of Juan Pablo II, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include the flu, malnutrition, diarrhea, dehydration, tonsillitis, burns and paralysis. Most adults in Juan Pablo II work in domestic services, in factories or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $206 per month. This community needs evangelism, schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Semillas de Vida to provide Carlos with Bible teaching, health education, community service opportunities, academic support and snacks. Thirty-five percent of the children in this project do not attend school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide parents' school for the parents or guardians of Carlos.
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