Benjamin Dudu Mejia Trujillo reading bible book
Seven-year-old Benjamin Dudu Mejia Trujillo reads a Bible at the local church. Benjamin's father is a gardener and his mother sews, but their income isn't enough to provide for all the family's needs. Shortly after he was born, Benjamin was registered with Compassion's Child Survival Program, which provided him with early childhood development and stimulation. Now that he is in the sponsorship program, he is learning about the Word of God and concentrating on his education.
Max Jhoan Querebalu Santamaria with mom
When six-year-old Max Jhoan Querebalu Santamaria was little, he and his mother, Roxana, were registered with Compassion's Child Survival Program. Through the program, Roxana came to know Jesus and realized the importance of raising her children in a Christian home. Today, Max has a sponsor through the Child Sponsorship Program. His family still struggles financially, but Compassion ensures Max's spiritual, economic, social, physical and emotional needs are met.
Mariela Lizbeth Flores Trillo standing on stairs of home
Mariela Lizbeth Flores Trillo stands on the stairs of her home in Peru, where she lives with her grandmother. She is 14 years old and is registered with Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program, which gives her three nutritious meals per week and teaches her skills that she can use later in life. Mariela's favorite subject in school is literature, and she wants to be a fashion designer after she finishes school.
Homes on a hill
In the Andes region of Peru, two-room adobe homes with dirt floors and straw roofs are most common. They rarely have electricity, plumbing or windows, and toilets are usually a hole in the ground several yards from the house. In the coastal region, many Compassion-assisted children live in flimsy houses in squatter settlements on rocky hills. Their homes are usually built with whatever materials can be salvaged: cardboard, plywood, cinder block, and sometimes plastic.
Hillside of Homes and buildings
A community of basic homes and buildings sits on a hillside in Peru. Over 31 percent of the population of Peru lives in poverty (CIA's The World Factbook), and many families cannot afford to provide for their children's basic needs. Compassion's child development programs address the spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty in Peruvian children, helping them overcome their circumstances and become all that God created them to be.
Statue of Jesus
A statue of Jesus embraces the people of a city in Peru. Roman Catholicism is the most common and influential religion in Peru, claiming over 81 percent of the population (CIA's The World Factbook). Compassion's implementing church partners present the Gospel to children in a non-coercive, culturally sensitive way. Children do not have to make a commitment to Christ to continue receiving the benefits of Compassion’s program.