Keyner lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Keyner works at home helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Keyner participates in Bible class and camp. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer, art and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Keyner will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Keyner lives in the coastal community of Escallon Villa-Olaya, home to approximately 8,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have dirt floors. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas, cassava root, beef, plantains, beans, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include influenza, parasites, hernias, skin infections and anemia. Most adults in Escallon Villa-Olaya work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $220 per month. This community needs public schools, stable employment opportunities and nutritious food.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Misioneros de Dios Student Center to provide Keyner with Bible teaching, leadership training, health education, sports, community service opportunities, tutoring and life skills training. The center staff will also provide home visits, family workshops and counseling for the parents or guardians of Keyner.
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