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Jesus David Mercado Contreras  

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  • Age: 8
  • Birthday: October 18, 2005
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Colombia
  • Center: C.D.I. Gotas de Vida
  • Child ID: CO7410089
    • Waiting: 415 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Jesus lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is employed. There are 4 children in the family.

For fun, Jesus enjoys soccer, playing with marbles and art. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.

Your care and consistent sponsorship are especially important to Jesus because he is receiving regular medical treatment. Thank you for your love and prayers.
Jesus lives in the community of Villa Clemen neighborhood, home to approximately 4,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of earthen floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes.

Common health problems in this area include infections, respiratory illnesses and diarrhea. Most adults in Villa Clemen neighborhood work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $166 per month. This community needs paved streets, a sewage system, a health center, teachers, a library and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Gotas de Vida to provide Jesus with Bible teaching, recreational activities, deworming, health education, birthday celebrations, educational materials and nutritious snacks. The center staff will also provide child care training and health education for the parents or guardians of Jesus.
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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Child's Location: Southeast of Montería

A credit card is required to sponsor this child because this child has been waiting 415 days for a sponsor. Please make a difference in the life of this child who has been anxiously waiting for a sponsor

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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