Jerson lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is employed. Jerson works at home washing clothes, making beds and running errands. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jerson participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, volleyball and singing are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Jerson to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Jerson lives on the plains of Telchi Neighborhood, home to approximately 13,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, dental cavities, anemia and parasites. Most adults in Telchi Neighborhood work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $130 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, a sewer system and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Buenas Nuevas (Good News) Student Center to provide Jerson with Bible studies, medical checkups, hygiene and health education, recreational activities, field trips, homework support, nutritious food and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide workshops for the parents or guardians of Jerson.
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 City