Yoleidis lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include washing clothes and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Yoleidis participates in church activities. She is also in pre-school where her performance is average. Playing house and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Yoleidis will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yoleidis lives on the plains of 12 de Octubre, home to approximately 6,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, bamboo walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mestizo and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bread, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, diarrhea, dental diseases, abdominal pain and gastritis. Most adults in 12 de Octubre work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $109 per month. This community needs public schools, libraries, employment opportunities and paved roads.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I Generaci¢n Diferente to provide Yoleidis with Bible teaching, medical assistance, sports, recreation activities, special celebrations, painting classes, crafts, music lessons, academic reinforcement and field trips. The center staff will also provide schooling and discussions for the parents or guardians of Yoleidis.
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: South of Sincelejo