Luis makes his home with his father and his mother. Running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Luis participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Playing with cars, bicycling and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Luis will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Luis lives in the mountainous community of San Fernando, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors and brick walls. 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, classic and hemorrhagic dengue, skin infections, HIV/AIDS and eye diseases. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $79 per month. This community needs schools, teachers, employment opportunities, food, health services and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Esperanza de Vida to provide Luis with Bible teaching, hygiene and health education, sports, birthday celebrations, self-esteem workshops, reading and math classes and counseling. Thirty-one percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide spiritual retreats, family activities and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Luis.
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: Northeastern Santa Marta