Maria lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water and making beds. Her father is employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Maria enjoys jumping rope, listening to music and running. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is above average.
Maria is receiving regular medical treatment. Please pray for her and be assured that your sponsorship helps her to live a fulfilled life.
Maria 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 Maria 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 Maria.
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