In her home, Valerin 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.
Playing with dolls, listening to music and playing group games are Valerin's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is above average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Valerin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Valerin lives in the community of Barrio Yati, home to approximately 9,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, diarrhea and skin infections. Most adults in Barrio Yati are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $87 per month. This community needs paved streets, employment opportunities and a sewage system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Manos de Esperanza to provide Valerin with Bible teaching, medical checkups, sports, special celebrations, social relationship workshops, academic reinforcement and tutoring. The center staff will also provide family counseling and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Valerin.
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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