In her home, Katerine helps by running errands and cleaning. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Art, playing ball games and bicycling are Katerine's favorite activities. In middle school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends Bible class.
Your love and support will help Katerine to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Katerine lives on the plains of Barrio La Esmeralda-Since, home to approximately 4,200 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, malnutrition, anemia and bronchitis. Most adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $108 per month. This community needs garbage collection services, educational materials, employment opportunities, drug abuse prevention programs, improved housing and food.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Semillas de Esperanza to provide Katerine with Bible studies, vaccinations, parasite treatment, clinical exams, nutritious snacks, birthday celebrations, retreats and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Katerine.
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 Sincelejo