Jhamil lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jhamil participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing ball games and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Jhamil will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jhamil lives in the mountainous community of Batallas, home to approximately 6,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Aymara.
The regional diet consists of fish, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include colds, malnutrition, acute diarrhea, intestinal parasites, anemia, rheumatism and dental cavities. Most adults in Batallas work in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $80 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Batallas Student Center to provide Jhamil with Bible teaching, medical and dental treatment, games, school supplies and reading and writing classes. The center staff will also provide home visits for the parents or guardians of Jhamil.
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 La Paz