Milton lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for caring for animals and running errands. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home.
Soccer, hide-and-seek and running are Milton's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Please remember Milton in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Milton lives in the coastal community of Sitio Nuevo, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, tin walls and wood roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, cassava, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include skin infections, water related viruses, fevers, diarrhea, parasitism and dengue fever. Most adults in Sitio Nuevo work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $166 per month. This community needs drinking water, paved streets, public schools, libraries, technical education and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Los Hijos del Rey to provide Milton with Bible teaching, spiritual retreats, nutritious snacks, medical assessments, recreational activities, birthday celebrations, tutoring and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide counseling and workshops for the parents or guardians of Milton.
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: Southeast of Barranquilla