In his home, Johnny helps by making beds, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Johnny enjoys soccer and playing ball games. He attends church activities regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Johnny will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Johnny 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 Johnny 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 Johnny.
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