Luis lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water and cleaning. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Luis participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Singing, telling stories and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Luis will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Luis lives in the community of Barrio Cesar Cura, home to approximately 4,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include the flu, respiratory illnesses and diarrhea. Most adults in Barrio Cesar Cura work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $254 per month. This community needs paved streets, drinking water, libraries, food, employment opportunities and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Jireh to provide Luis with Bible teaching, spiritual retreats, health education, vaccinations, deworming, birthday celebrations, ethics workshops, sports competitions, academic reinforcement and dance and art classes. The center staff will also provide entrepreneurship classes for the parents or guardians of Luis.
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: Southeast of Montería