Nataly lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.
Playing with dolls, playing ball games and hide-and-seek are Nataly's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Nataly will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Nataly lives in the hillside community of Jorochito, home to approximately 8,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, fevers and colds. Most adults in Jorochito work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs educational materials, employment opportunities, parks and healthcare centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Luz y Verdad Student Center to provide Nataly with Bible studies, medical exams, hygiene education, sports, field trips, birthday celebrations and academic support. The center staff will also provide health workshops and devotions for the parents or guardians of Nataly.
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: Southwest of Santa Cruz