In his home, Juan helps by caring for children, washing clothes and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a project worker. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Juan participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, soccer and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Please remember Juan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Juan lives in the coastal community of Chiripujio, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, tin walls and wood roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aymara and the most commonly spoken language is Quechua.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, chicken, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include the flu, dental cavities, stomach infections, parasites, rheumatism, tuberculosis and malnutrition. Most adults work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs technical education, permanent employment opportunities and health centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Maranatha Student Center to provide Juan with Bible teaching, dental checkups, parasite treatments, picnics and academic support. The center staff will also provide meetings and educational lectures for the parents or guardians of Juan.
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 Oruro