Vanessa lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Vanessa participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Vanessa to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Vanessa lives in the community of Calle Nueva-La Arena, home to approximately 4,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors and palm roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include influenza, diarrhea, parasites, dengue fever, malnutrition, anemia and bronchitis. Most adults are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $127 per month. This community needs a sewer system, employment opportunities, recreational facilities, improved housing and food.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Semillas de Amor y Paz to provide Vanessa with Bible teaching, vaccinations, parasite treatment, clinical exams, nutritious snacks, birthday celebrations, retreats and academic support. The center staff will also provide parents' school for the parents or guardians of Vanessa.
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: Northwest of Sincelejo