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Nereia Maria Villalba Castro  

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  • Age: 6
  • Birthday: May 8, 2008
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Colombia
  • Center: C.D.I. Implantadores del Reino
  • Child ID: CO6370086
    • Waiting: 199 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Nereiia lives with her grandfather and her grandmother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. Her grandfather is sometimes employed and her grandmother maintains the home.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Nereiia participates in Bible class. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing ball games, running and playing group games are her favorite activities.

Please remember Nereiia in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Nereiia lives on the plains of San Pablo, home to approximately 9,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs.

The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu, diarrhea, pediculosis (lice), malnutrition, anemia and gastritis. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $158 per month. This community needs trained teachers, employment opportunities, food, water, a sewage system and public lights.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Implantadores del Reino to provide Nereiia with Bible classes, medical checkups, nutritious snacks, health and hygiene education, field trips, art classes, dance lessons, special celebrations, tutoring, sports and income-generating activities. Sixty percent of the children in this project do not attend school because they are under age. The center staff will also provide meetings, counseling and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Nereiia.
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: Northwest Magangué

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