In her home, Maria helps by making beds, running errands and cleaning. She lives with her stepfather and her mother. Her stepfather is sometimes employed and her mother is employed. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Maria enjoys volleyball, listening to music and playing group games. She attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in high school where her performance is above average.
Please remember Maria in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Maria lives on the plains of 20 de Julio, home to approximately 40,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and palm-leaf roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, fish, beef, cassava, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include influenza, malaria, fevers, diarrhea and worms. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $87 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of The Good Samaritan Student Center to provide Maria with Bible classes, recreational activities, health and hygiene instruction, medical exams, nutritious food, cultural programs, social events, educational workshops, academic support and counseling. The center staff will also provide parents' school and literacy programs for the parents or guardians of Maria.
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 of Monteria