Mayla makes her home with her father and her mother. Washing clothes, making beds and helping in the kitchen are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Mayla enjoys singing, playing ball games and listening to music. She attends church activities regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Please remember Mayla in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Mayla lives in the community of Los Lotes, home to approximately 8,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Guaraní.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include colds, diarrhea, dengue and skin diseases. Most adults in Los Lotes work as street vendors or masons and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs vocational training and hospitals.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Los Lotes Student Center to provide Mayla with Bible studies, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, homework help and technical skills development. The center staff will also provide evangelism, health education and parenting lectures for the parents or guardians of Mayla.
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: The South of Santa Cruz