Yhon lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home. Yhon works at home running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing with marbles, playing ball games and bicycling are Yhon's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and camp.
Because of your sponsorship, Yhon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yhon lives on the plains of Ciudadela Villa 1o de Mayo, home to approximately 9,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and eggs. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, intestinal infections, dengue and parasitosis. Most adults are unemployed but some work as bricklayers or street vendors and earn the equivalent of $115 per month. This community needs vocational education, employment opportunities and libraries.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Vida Nueva Student Center to provide Yhon with Bible teaching, health education, games, special celebrations and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide income-generating skills training, meetings and retreats for the parents or guardians of Yhon.
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: East of Santa Cruz