In his home, Jose helps by making beds, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed.
Soccer, volleyball and singing are Jose's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and youth group.
Because of your sponsorship, Jose will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jose lives on the plains of Minero, home to approximately 25,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of bananas, bread, cassava, beef, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this are include malnutrition, parasites and colds. Most adults in Minero work on plantations or as taxi drivers and earn the equivalent of $87 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, libraries and recreational facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nazareth Student Center to provide Jose with Bible teaching, hygiene education, recreational activities, artistic development and homework help. In addition, Bible teaching and hygiene education are available for non-schooled children. Thirty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide meetings and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Jose.
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