Juan makes his home with his father and his mother. Running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Juan enjoys soccer, bicycling and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Juan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Juan lives on the plains of San José, home to approximately 4,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mestizo and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of chicken. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, diarrhea, hypertension, dental cavities, anemia and lumbago (low back pain). Most adults in San José work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $163 per month. This community needs public schools, libraries, employment opportunities and sufficient water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Bethel Transforma to provide Juan with Bible studies, hygiene education, sports, special celebrations, handicrafts, reading and writing classes, school support and music lessons. The center staff will also provide home cleaning lessons for the parents or guardians of Juan.
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