Fernando lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for caring for children, making beds and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing with marbles, playing ball games and playing group games are Fernando's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Fernando to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Fernando lives in the forested community of Pampa La Madre, home to approximately 25,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or tile floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes.
A common health problem in this area is malnutrition. Most adults in Pampa La Madre work as day laborers, in domestic services, as street vendors or market traders and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs a market and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Cristo Rey Student Center to provide Fernando with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene and health education, nutritious food, talent development, homework support, technical training and birthday celebrations. The center staff will also provide meetings and workshops for the parents or guardians of Fernando.
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: Northeast of Montero