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Maria Teresa Riascos Hurtado  

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  • Age: 5
  • Birthday: December 24, 2008
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Colombia
  • Center: C.D.I. Luz y Vida
  • Child ID: CO4470087
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Maria lives with her uncle and her grandmother. Her uncle is sometimes employed and her grandmother maintains the home. Maria works at home running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.

For fun, Maria enjoys singing, playing with dolls and running. She attends Bible class regularly and is in pre-school where her performance is average.

Your love and support will help Maria to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Maria lives in the coastal community of Turbay Ayala, home to approximately 27,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of tile floors, brick walls and zinc roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include the flu, colds, rashes and respiratory illnesses. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $110 per month. This community needs improved schools, permanent employment opportunities and improved housing.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Luz y Vida to provide Maria with Bible teaching, health monitoring, sports, group games, psychological counseling, reading and writing workshops, crafts, tutoring, trips to the library and music classes. The center staff will also provide schooling, retreats and workshops for the parents or guardians of Maria.
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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