In her home, Vilma helps by cleaning. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
Playing with dolls is Vilma's favorite activity. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Vilma will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Vilma lives on the plains of Chané Independence, home to approximately 7,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Quechua.
The regional diet consists of chicken, bread, cassava, beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, respiratory infections, infantile diarrhea and illnesses from fleas and lice. Most adults in Chané Independence work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs paved streets, employment opportunities and business training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bethel Chane Student Center to provide Vilma with Bible teaching, leadership programs, health and hygiene education, games, special celebrations, homework help and medical checkups. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Vilma.
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: North of Santa Cruz de la Sierra