Luis makes his home with his mother. Making beds and cleaning are his household duties. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Luis enjoys soccer. He attends church activities regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Please remember Luis in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Luis lives in the hillside community of Barrio San Jose, home to approximately 11,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Quechua, Aymara and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice, potatoes, quinoa, barley and beans. Common health problems in this area include anemia, diarrhea, vision problems and vitamin A deficiency. Most adults in Barrio San Jose work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, school supplies and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Luz de Vida Student Center to provide Luis with Bible teaching, nutritious food, dental checkups, vaccinations, field trips, special celebrations and handicraft training. The center staff will also provide health education 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: Northwest of Oruro