Yuleidys makes her home with her father and her mother. Helping in the kitchen and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Yuleidys participates in Bible class. She is also in middle school where her performance is above average. Art, listening to music and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Please remember Yuleidys in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Yuleidys lives in the coastal community of Villa Rosario, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu, stomach infections, skin diseases, parasites, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. Half of the adults in Villa Rosario are unemployed but some work as street market vendors and earn the equivalent of $316 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, suitable housing, nutritious food, clothing, public schools and libraries.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of La Sabiduria Integral Development Center to provide Yuleidys with Bible studies, health and hygiene education, field trips, special celebrations, academic reinforcement and reading and writing classes. The center staff will also provide parenting education and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Yuleidys.
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: Northwest of Barranquilla