Santiago lives with his mother. He is responsible for running errands. His mother is employed. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing with cars and running are Santiago's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Santiago will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Santiago lives in the coastal community of Nuevo Bosque, home to approximately 31,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The population is comprised of mixed races and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, bread, plantains, rice and eggs. Common health problems in this area include influenza, parasites, skin diseases and malnutrition. Most adults in Nuevo Bosque work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $188 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nuevo Bosque Student Center to provide Santiago with Bible teaching, medical exams, health and hygiene instruction, recreational activities, educational workshops, scholastic materials, psychological evaluations and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide social events and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Santiago.
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: In Cartagena