Laura lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for making beds and running errands. Her father is employed and her mother is employed. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Laura participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is above average. Swimming, art and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Please remember Laura in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Laura lives on the plains of Pizamos I, home to approximately 5,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with aluminum tile roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include flu, asthma, malnutrition and poor oral hygiene. Most adults in Pizamos I work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $131 per month. This community has electricity, water and telephone service but needs employment opportunities and schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Niños con Propósito to provide Laura with Bible teaching, nutritious food, parasite treatment, oral hygiene education, vaccinations, life skills training and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide literacy classes and recreational activities for the parents or guardians of Laura.
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