Didier lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds and running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Soccer, telling stories and running are Didier's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Please remember Didier in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Didier lives in the coastal community of San Buenaventura, home to approximately 5,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include the flu, diarrhea, viral infections and respiratory illnesses. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $110 per month. This community needs libraries, employment opportunities and recreational facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Casa Shalom to provide Didier with Bible teaching, dental and eye exams, vaccinations, sports, birthday celebrations, field trips, art, tutoring, vocational training and math classes. The center staff will also provide conferences, workshops and business entrepreneurship trainings for the parents or guardians of Didier.
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