Danna lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home.
Danna is not attending school because she is too young. Playing with dolls, playing ball games and playing group games are her favorite activities. She also attends Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Danna will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Danna 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 Danna 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 Danna.
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: East Villavicencio