Lucas lives with his grandfather. His duties at home include carrying water and washing clothes. There are 3 children in the family. His grandfather is sometimes employed.
Lucas is not presently attending school. Playing with cars and playing ball games are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Lucas will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Lucas 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 Lucas 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 Lucas.
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