Yuranis makes her home with her mother. Making beds and cleaning are her household duties. Her mother is sometimes employed.
For fun, Yuranis enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and running. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Please remember Yuranis in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Yuranis lives on the plains of Los Manguitos-Corozal, home to approximately 10,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, bread, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, diarrhea, parasites, malnutrition, anemia, asthma, chickenpox, fevers and dengue. Half of the adults in Los Manguitos-Corozal are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $215 per month. This community needs paved roads, public schools, libraries, employment opportunities and drug abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Cristo Rey to provide Yuranis with Bible teaching, sports, nutritious food, medical aid, special celebrations, tutoring, handicraft training and field trips. The center staff will also provide health education, family life conferences, cooking courses and handicraft training for the parents or guardians of Yuranis.
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: East of Sincelejo