Saul lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include caring for children. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Saul participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with marbles is his favorite activity.
Please remember Saul in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Saul lives on the plains of Barrio Roca y Coronado, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, intestinal parasites, dengue and malnourishment. Most adults in Barrio Roca y Coronado work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $214 per month. This community needs technical training centers, nutrition education, water, electricity and computer classes.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Alfarero Student Development Center to provide Saul with Bible studies, medical exams, hygiene education, games, birthday celebrations, libraries and academic support. The center staff will also provide parenting education and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Saul.
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: South of Santa Cruz de la Sierra