Santiago lives with his grandfather and his mother. His duties at home include making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. His grandfather is employed as a church worker and his mother is employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Santiago participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, bicycling and reading are his favorite activities.
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 Vista Hermosa, home to approximately 8,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu, stomach infections, skin diseases, parasites and malnutrition. Most adults in Vista Hermosa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $213 per month. This community needs schools, libraries, employment opportunities and drug abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Manantial de Vida Integral Development Center to provide Santiago with Bible teaching, sports, nutrition education, birthday celebrations and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide evangelism, counseling and parenting education 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.
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