Jose lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. Jose works at home running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jose participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and running are his favorite activities.
Please remember Jose in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jose lives in the coastal community of San Fernando, home to approximately 4,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, cassava, beef, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include the flu, fevers and diarrhea. Most adults in San Fernando work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $158 per month. This community needs libraries, employment opportunities, recreation centers and medical centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.D.I. Abiel to provide Jose with Bible teaching, medical checkups, dental care, special celebrations, academic reinforcement and field trips. Fifty-two percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide parenting education and Bible teaching for the parents or guardians of Jose.
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: In Fundación