Gabriel makes his home with his mother. Helping in the kitchen and running errands are his household duties. His mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Gabriel participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with marbles and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Gabriel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Gabriel lives in the hillside community of Alto Lupicancho, home to approximately 9,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aymara and the most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Quechua.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, tuberculosis, malnutrition, diarrhea and rheumatism. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs a sewer system and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tabernáculo Student Center to provide Gabriel with Bible lessons, nutritious food, motor skills training, self-esteem training, etiquette classes, field trips, birthday celebrations, sports and academic support. The center staff will also provide child protection workshops and health education for the parents or guardians of Gabriel.
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: Northeast of Oruro