Ebed lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Ebed works at home buying or selling in the market , making beds and running errands. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ebed participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Basketball, singing and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Ebed to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Ebed lives in the mountainous community of Patacamaya, home to approximately 20,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aymara and the most commonly spoken languages are Aymara and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bread, beef, rice, potatoes, quinoa, barley and beans. Common health problems in this area include anemia, malnutrition, respiratory infections, fevers, stomach illnesses, colds and dental cavities. Most adults in Patacamaya work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Patacamaya Student Center to provide Ebed with Bible studies, medical and dental care, nutritious food, health education, school supplies, academic support and technical training. The center staff will also provide meetings and workshops for the parents or guardians of Ebed.
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: Southeast of La Paz