Javier lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, making beds and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His father is employed as a seller in the market and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Javier participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Soccer, telling stories and art are his favorite activities.
Please remember Javier in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Javier lives in the community of La Esperanza, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of earthen floors, wood walls and zinc roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include the flu and diarrhea. Most adults in La Esperanza work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $166 per month. This community needs paved streets, well-equipped classrooms, employment opportunities, better salaries and improved security.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Soñando con el Futuro to provide Javier with Bible teaching, medical examinations, nutritious food, ethics and values lessons, academic reinforcement, vaccinations and health education. The center staff will also provide family workshops for the parents or guardians of Javier.
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