In his home, Jose helps by making beds, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with cars and playing ball games are Jose's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Your love and support will help Jose to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Jose lives in the mountainous community of María Teresa, home to approximately 1,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of earthen floors, cardboard walls and wood roofs. The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include the flu, fevers and stomach infections. Most adults in María Teresa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $82 per month. This community needs a sewage system, public schools, suitable housing, water and health centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Principe de Paz II to provide Jose with Bible classes, spiritual retreats, medical and psychological exams, vaccinations, sports, health education, special celebrations, homework help, academic reinforcement and counseling. The center staff will also provide meetings and Bible teaching for the parents or guardians of Jose.
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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