Rodrigo lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
Rodrigo is not presently attending school. Bicycling is his favorite activity. He also attends church activities regularly.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Rodrigo because he has impaired speech. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love he needs.
Rodrigo lives on the plains of Hilanderia Neighborhood, home to approximately 8,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The population is comprised of Ayoreos, Aymaras, Quechuas and Mestizos. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish, Guarani, Aymara and Quechua.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, cassava, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, intestinal parasites and vitamin deficiencies. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $145 per month. This community needs potable drinking water, qualified teachers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nuevo Amanecer Student Center to provide Rodrigo with Bible studies, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, sports, special celebrations, academic support and technical training. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and home visits for the parents or guardians of Rodrigo.
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 De La Sierra