Karen makes her home with her mother. Running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Karen enjoys playing with dolls, running and playing group games. She attends Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Please remember Karen in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Karen lives on the plains of Colombiaton, home to approximately 9,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls. The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include the flu, diarrhea, scabies, sickle cell anemia, parasites and dengue. Most adults in Colombiaton are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $276 per month. This community needs vocational training and public services.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Hossana to provide Karen with Bible teaching, vaccinations, medical care, health education, Christmas parties, handicraft training, academic support and recreational activities. The center staff will also provide discipleship and values training for the parents or guardians of Karen.
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: Southeastern Cartagena