Paula lives with her father and her mother. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. Paula works at home running errands and cleaning.
Telling stories, playing house and playing with dolls are Paula's favorite activities. In pre-school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends Bible class.
Your love and support will help Paula to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Paula lives in the mountainous community of La Esperanza, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include dengue, cholera, parasites and infections. Most adults in La Esperanza work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $109 per month. This community needs paved roads, libraries, public schools and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI En Las Manos De Jesús to provide Paula with Bible teaching, hygiene education, medical and dental assistance, artistic activities, self-esteem development, recreational activities and craft and talent festivals. In addition, pedagogical activities are available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide parents' school and seminars for the parents or guardians of Paula.
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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