Yoshimi makes her home with her father and her mother. Running errands is her household duty. Her father is not employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Yoshimi participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls is her favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Yoshimi will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yoshimi lives in the mountainous community of Pongonhuyo, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Aymara and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, malnutrition, diarrhea, rheumatism, anemia, fevers and dental problems. Most adults work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $34 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, open markets and better product prices.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pongonhuyo Student Center to provide Yoshimi with Bible studies, medical and dental care, nutritional support, health education, community service opportunities and academic support. The center staff will also provide special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Yoshimi.
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