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Derek Alexander Ariza Manjarrez  

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  • Age: 6
  • Birthday: December 18, 2007
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Colombia
  • Center: C.D.I. Mana
  • Child ID: CO5740402
    • Waiting: 291 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Derek lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds and running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Derek participates in Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and playing group games are his favorite activities.

Please remember Derek in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Derek lives in the coastal community of Tasajera, home to approximately 5,600 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 and eye diseases. Most adults in Tasajera are unemployed but some work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $90 per month. This community needs teachers, school facilities, employment opportunities and health services.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Mana to provide Derek with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, sports, birthday celebrations, self-esteem workshops and reading, writing and math classes. The center staff will also provide spiritual retreats, family activities and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Derek.
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.

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Child's Location: Southwest of Santa Marta

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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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