Oscar lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed. Oscar works at home making beds and helping in the kitchen. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Oscar participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, swimming and art are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Oscar to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Oscar lives in the coastal community of Barrio el Firme, home to approximately 12,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, rice and eggs.
Common health problems in this area include skin allergies, malaria, respiratory problems and diarrhea. Most adults in Barrio el Firme are unemployed but some work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $90 per month. This community has electricity but needs a sewer system, employment opportunities and improved housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI El Arca to provide Oscar with Bible studies, nutritious food, parasite treatment, medical checkups, self-esteem workshops and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide parenting education and income-generating training for the parents or guardians of Oscar.
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: Northwest of Cali