In his home, Brayan helps by running errands and cleaning. He lives with his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather is employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Brayan participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Soccer, hide-and-seek and running are his favorite activities.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Brayan because he is crippled in one leg and is receiving regular medical treatment. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love he needs.
Brayan lives in the coastal community of Carepa, home to approximately 8,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, malnutrition and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Carepa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $84 per month. This community needs paved streets, improved power and water services, schools, employment opportunities, increased salaries and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Mi Familia to provide Brayan with Bible teaching, sports, hygiene education, nutritious food, field trips, birthday celebrations, academic support and music and art workshops. Sixty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide home visits and parents' workshops for the parents or guardians of Brayan.
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.
Map of Colombia
Child's Location: Northwest of Medellín