Luis lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed.
Soccer, running and playing group games are Luis's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Your love and support will help Luis to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Luis lives in the coastal community of Corea, home to approximately 21,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, malnutrition, intestinal infections, dengue and skin diseases. Most adults in Corea work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $249 per month. This community needs teachers, law enforcement, employment opportunities, food and health care.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Casa de Dios to provide Luis with Bible teaching, retreats, health and hygiene education, dental care, sports, special celebrations, self-esteem development workshops, math contests and counseling. The center staff will also provide literacy training 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: In Santa Marta