Paola makes her home with her father and her mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Singing, listening to music and reading are Paola's favorite activities. In middle school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Paola will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Paola lives on the plains of Barrio Marroquin II, home to approximately 2,800,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, beef, chicken, plantains, rice, potatoes and eggs. Common health problems in this area include influenza, respiratory disorders, malnutrition, intestinal infections and fevers. Half of the adults in Barrio Marroquin II are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $203 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities, proper health care, recreational centers and the Gospel.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Renacer para Colombia Student Center to provide Paola with Bible teaching, medical exams, health and hygiene instruction, nutritious meals, recreational activities, academic support and tutoring. In addition, literacy training is available for non-schooled children.
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: Southeast Cali