Luis makes his home with his mother. Carrying water, washing clothes and making beds are his household duties. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Luis enjoys soccer, basketball and reading. He attends church activities regularly and is in middle school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Luis to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Luis lives on the plains of Oruro, home to approximately 15,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Aymaras, Chipayas and Uru Mularos and the most commonly spoken languages are Aymara, Quechua and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, rice, plantains and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include breathing disorders, tuberculosis, malnutrition, rheumatism and diarrhea. Most adults work as masons and earn the equivalent of $65 per month. This community needs law enforcement, health services and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bet-el Student Center to provide Luis with Bible teaching, dental checkups, parasite treatments, recreational activities, picnics, social events and academic support. The center staff will also provide meetings and educational talks for the parents or guardians of Luis.
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: Southwest of downtown Oruro