Ana lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed. Ana works at home making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ana participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is above average. Art, playing ball games and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Ana to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Ana lives in the coastal community of Daniel Lemaitre, home to approximately 18,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and cement roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include anemia, malnutrition, skin diseases and parasites. Most adults in Daniel Lemaitre work as street market vendors and earn the equivalent of $95 per month. This community needs schools, libraries, improved housing and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Cristo El Rey Student Center to provide Ana with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, medical checkups, recreational activities, special celebrations, academic reinforcement and handicraft training. The center staff will also provide child development workshops for the parents or guardians of Ana.
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: North Cartagena