Cristian lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for working at various household chores. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Cristian is not presently attending school. Playing with friends is his favorite activity. He also attends Christian instruction regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Cristian will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Cristian 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 Cristian 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 Cristian.
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