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Eider Santiago Melo Herrera  

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  • Age: 8
  • Birthday: May 27, 2006
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Colombia
  • Center: CDI Semillas De Oro
  • Child ID: CO3800232
    • Waiting: 316 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Eider lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for running errands and cleaning. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Eider participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Soccer, running and playing group games are his favorite activities.

Please remember Eider in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Eider lives on the plains of El Topacio, home to approximately 1,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, bread, cassava, plantains and rice.

Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, infections and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in El Topacio work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $205 per month. This community needs paved roads, secondary schools, libraries, employment opportunities and recreation areas.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Semillas De Oro to provide Eider with Bible classes, dental checkups, health education, birthday celebrations, music workshops and language and computer training. The center staff will also provide parents' school and workshops for the parents or guardians of Eider.
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.

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Child's Location: East Villavicencio

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
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  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.