Marya lives with her grandmother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. Her grandmother is employed.
For fun, Marya enjoys playing with dolls, jumping rope and running. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Marya will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Marya lives in the community of Barrio Buenos Aires, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement 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 as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $87 per month. This community needs paved roads, improved water and sewage services, employment opportunities and recreational centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Forjadores de Paz to provide Marya with Bible teaching, medical checkups, first aid training, sports, special celebrations, social relationship workshops, tutoring and academic support. The center staff will also provide parents' school, family counseling, health education and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Marya.
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.
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Child's Location: Southeast Magangue