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Carlos Augusto Rivera Benitez  

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  • Age: 14
  • Birthday: August 20, 2000
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Colombia
  • Center: C.D.I. Dejando Huellas
  • Child ID: CO4270710
    • Waiting: 301 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Carlos lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include making beds 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, Carlos participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in middle school where his performance is above average. Playing with cars, playing with marbles and bicycling are his favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Carlos to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Carlos lives in the mountainous community of Barrio Alberto Lleras Camargo, Communa 20, home to approximately 85,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of beans, eggs, bread, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, contagious illnesses, influenza and diarrhea. Most adults work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $177 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs secondary schools, employment opportunities and drug addiction prevention programs.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Dejando Huellas to provide Carlos with Bible teaching, vaccinations, hygiene instruction, recreation activities, academic support and values workshops. 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.

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Child's Location: West Cali

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