Nilson makes his home with his mother. Caring for children, making beds and running errands are his household duties. His mother is employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, hide-and-seek and running are Nilson's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Nilson to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Nilson lives in the coastal community of El Porfin, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and eternit tile roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include breathing infections, skin diseases, classic and hemorrhagic dengue fever, dental cavities and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in El Porfin work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $69 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities, houses and recreational spaces.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I Huerto De Los Olivos to provide Nilson with Bible teaching, oral health, sports, special celebrations, personal development workshops and handwriting, reading and math support. The center staff will also provide literacy, vocational workshops and parents' school for the parents or guardians of Nilson.
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 Barranquilla