In his home, Ricardo helps by running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ricardo participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is below average. Playing with cars, telling stories and art are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Ricardo to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Ricardo lives in the coastal community of El Tres de Turbo, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, cassava, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, malnutrition and respiratory illnesses. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $84 per month. This community needs paved streets, improved water services, schools, employment opportunities and increased salaries.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Sembradores de Paz to provide Ricardo with Bible teaching, sports, hygiene education, nutritious food, psychological assistance, academic support, birthday celebrations and talent festivals. Fifty-six percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and parents' workshops for the parents or guardians of Ricardo.
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 Medillín