Fabiola makes her home with her father and her mother. Running errands is her household duty. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 6 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Fabiola participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing with dolls is her favorite activity.
Your care and consistent sponsorship are especially important to Fabiola because she is visually impaired. Thank you for your love and prayers.
Fabiola lives on the plains of Campanero, home to approximately 3,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, intestinal infections and fevers. Most adults in Campanero work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $145 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, vocational training centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bethel Student Center to provide Fabiola with Bible studies, medical exams, hygiene education, first aid workshops, field trips, birthday celebrations, academic support, Bibles and drama contests. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and devotions for the parents or guardians of Fabiola.
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: East of Santa Cruz de la Sierra