In his home, Miguel helps by making beds, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Miguel enjoys soccer, playing with cars and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Your love and support will help Miguel to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Miguel lives on the plains of Nuevo Milenio-Soledad, home to approximately 11,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and zinc roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory infections, skin diseases, diarrhea and classic and hemorrhagic dengue. Most adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $75 per month. This community has electricity, telephone service and garbage collection but needs a sewer system, more teachers, health services, recreation centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Semillas de Esperanza to provide Miguel with Bible studies, hygiene and dental care education, birthday celebrations, recreation activities, counseling and reading, writing and math classes. The center staff will also provide family activities and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Miguel.
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: South Barranquilla