Alvaro makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His father is not employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Alvaro participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in middle school where his performance is above average. Soccer, swimming and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Alvaro will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alvaro lives in the hillside community of Barrio Sinaí, home to approximately 2,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and palm leaf roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bread, cassava, beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include influenza, malnutrition and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Barrio Sinaí are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $113 per month. This community has electricity and telephone service but needs paved streets, adequate housing and health centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Social Action New Light Student Center to provide Alvaro with Bible classes, medical checkups, dental exams, nutritious food, life skills training, academic reinforcement and sports. The center staff will also provide training courses for the parents or guardians of Alvaro.
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 Sincelejo