Emily lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. Emily works at home making beds and running errands. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Emily participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is above average. Playing house, playing with dolls and playing ball games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Emily will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Emily lives in the coastal community of Nueva Colonia, home to approximately 19,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors and wood walls. The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, respiratory infections, parasitosis and malnutrition. Most adults in Nueva Colonia work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $249 per month. This community needs a sewer system, a hospital and increased incomes.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Generación de Reyes to provide Emily with Bible teaching, recreational activities, medical examinations, birthday celebrations, reading and writing classes and life skills training. Fifty-one percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide health education and discipleship for the parents or guardians of Emily.
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