In his home, Jorge helps by running errands. He lives with his mother. His mother is employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Jorge is not presently attending school. Running is his favorite activity. He also attends church activities regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Jorge will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jorge lives in the hillside community of Kilometer 12, Old Highway to Cochabamba, home to approximately 5,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin or corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include dengue, parasites and colds. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $175 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, adult literacy programs, employment opportunities, a sewer system and improved roads.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rios de Agua Viva Student Center to provide Jorge with Bible studies, medical exams, dental hygiene education, special celebrations, academic support, sports and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education and child protection workshops for the parents or guardians of Jorge.
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: West of Santa Cruz