Alan lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. Alan works at home carrying water, washing clothes and making beds. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Alan participates in church activities and camp. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Soccer and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Please remember Alan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Alan lives in the mountainous community of Pucarani, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aymara and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bread, beef, plantains, rice, barley, beans and potatoes. A common health problem in this area is the common cold. Most adults in Pucarani work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $86 per month. This community has water, electricity and a hospital but needs vocational training centers, libraries and increased incomes.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pucarani Student Center to provide Alan with Bible studies, home visits, medical treatment, health education, dental exams, nutritious food and academic support. The center staff will also provide evangelism, workshops and counseling for the parents or guardians of Alan.
Bolivia is comprised of four geographic regions: the central plateau in the Andes Mountains, the Lake Titicaca region, the central region's semitropical rain forests and the hot, humid lowlands of the east. Landlocked, Bolivia borders Chile, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.
Bolivia has the largest natural gas reserve in South America. Still, it remains the least developed country on the continent. Half the population is made up of indigenous groups who speak Aymara and Quechua and are who are mired in poverty. Compassion works mainly among the indigenous highlanders who make beautiful hand-woven textiles from the wool of alpacas and llamas, animals that also provide milk, meat and transport. Corn and potatoes are staples of the indigenous diet. Virtually all Bolivians are Catholic.
Once known as the cradle of the Inca Empire, Bolivia came under Spanish rule in 1535. Bolivia won independence in 1825. Until the end of the nineteenth century, there were many coups and short-lived constitutions. The period from 1952 to 1964 was marked by significant economic and social reforms and a new constitution was adopted in 1967; however, civil unrest continues to dominate Bolivia's politics. Bolivia is a divided country. Its indigenous people are locked in a battle with its industry and political leaders to gain more economic independence.
Map of Bolivia
Child's Location: Northwest of La Paz