Jesus lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include running errands and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
Soccer, playing with cars and playing group games are Jesus's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Jesus will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jesus lives in the coastal community of Santa Marta Comuna 1, home to approximately 10,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory and intestinal infections, malnutrition, dengue fever, skin infections, eye diseases and HIV/AIDS. Half of the adults in Santa Marta Comuna 1 are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $134 per month. This community needs teachers, employment opportunities, health services, parks and food.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Carisma Humano to provide Jesus with Bible teaching, sports, health and hygiene education, birthday celebrations, self-esteem workshops and reading and writing classes. The center staff will also provide family activities, spiritual retreats and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Jesus.
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 Santa Marta