In his home, Brandon helps by making beds, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
Playing with marbles, playing ball games and bicycling are Brandon's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Brandon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Brandon lives on the plains of 27 de Septiembre, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, block walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Guaraní and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, bread, cassava root, beef, rice, plantains and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include colds and headaches. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs hospitals, schools, a sewer system and technical training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Redentor Student Center to provide Brandon with Bible studies, health and hygiene education, dental care, recreational activities, special celebrations, educational materials and homework help. The center staff will also provide meetings and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Brandon.
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: Southeast of Santa Cruz