Ivan lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ivan participates in Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is above average. Bicycling, listening to music and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Please remember Ivan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Project: CO-631, Centro de Desarrollo Integral Una Semilla En El Camino
Location: Barrio Maracana, Magangue, Colombia
Ivan lives in the community of Barrio Maracana, home to approximately 2,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include fevers, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses and skin infections. Most adults are unemployed but some work in offices and earn the equivalent of $130 per month. This community needs paved roads, increased salaries and recreational centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Una Semilla En El Camino to provide Ivan with Bible teaching, medical checkups, sports, special celebrations, social relationship workshops, academic support and tutoring. The center staff will also provide family counseling, health education and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Ivan.
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: In Magangue