Jhovana lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jhovana participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing with dolls is her favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Jhovana will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jhovana lives in the coastal community of Santa Fe de Yapani, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Quechua and Aymara.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, bread, cassava, rice, plantains and potatoes. A common health problem in this area is dengue. Most adults in Santa Fe de Yapani are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, improved streets, employment opportunities and technical training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Santa Fe Student Center to provide Jhovana with Bible studies, medical and dental checkups, health education, sports, special celebrations, field trips, homework help and school supplies. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Jhovana.
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 Santa Cruz de la Sierra