Arion lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Arion works at home helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Arion participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Arion to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Arion lives in the hillside community of Achachicala, home to approximately 10,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aymara and the most commonly spoken languages are Aymara and Spanish.
The regional diet consists primarily of maize, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, parasites, colds and anemia. Half of the adults in Achachicala are unemployed but some work in construction or as clothes washers and earn the equivalent of $80 per month. This community needs schools, trained teachers, employment opportunities and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Achachicala Student Center to provide Arion with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, birthday celebrations, field trips and academic support. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of Arion.
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 La Paz