Santiago lives with his grandfather and his mother. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. Santiago works at home running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Santiago participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer, art and running are his favorite activities.
Please remember Santiago in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Santiago lives in the mountainous community of Colosó, home to approximately 6,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bread, cassava, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections. Most adults in Colosó are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $107 per month. This community needs improved roads, employment opportunities and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Forjando Sueños to provide Santiago with Bible studies, deworming, health and oral hygiene education, nutritious food, birthday celebrations, field trips, music workshops, tutoring, vocational training and sports. Thirty-one percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Santiago.
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: Northeast of Sincelejo