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Karen Yulisa Ruiz Congolino  

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  • Age: 8
  • Birthday: April 29, 2007
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Colombia
  • Center: Centro de desarrollo Integral Las Huellas del Maestro
  • Child ID: CO4430078
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Karen lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands and cleaning. Her father is employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.

Playing with dolls, jumping rope and playing group games are Karen's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends Bible class.

Your love and support will help Karen to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Karen lives in the coastal community of 6 de Enero comuna 9, home to approximately 17,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs.

The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, bread, cassava (root), rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, flu and malaria. Most adults in 6 de Enero comuna 9 work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $77 per month. This community needs libraries, computer labs and vocational training.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Huellas del Maestro to provide Karen with Bible studies, medical exams, food, dental education, camps, birthday celebrations, academic reinforcement, counseling, sports, crafts and art classes. The center staff will also provide schooling for the parents or guardians of Karen.
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: Northwest of Cali

Child lives in an area with higher risk of child exploitation and abuse.

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