Franco lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for working at various household chores. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Franco is not presently attending school. Playing with friends is his favorite activity. He also attends Christian instruction regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Franco will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Franco lives on the plains of Clara Chuchio, home to approximately 1,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and motacú (palm leaf) roofs. The regional diet consists of chicken, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include colds, fevers, diarrhea and tonsillitis. Most adults in Clara Chuchio work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $115 per month. This community needs adult literacy classes, technical training centers, improved housing and agricultural education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Clara Chuchio Student Center to provide Franco with Bible teaching, hygiene education, art activities, field trips, academic support, birthday celebrations and environmental protection education. The center staff will also provide spiritual and health education for the parents or guardians of Franco.
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