Heber makes his home with his father and his mother. Teaching others, washing clothes and making beds are his household duties. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Heber participates in youth group and camp. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Heber will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Heber lives in the high plateaus of Zona German Busch, home to approximately 10,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Aymara and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, rice, potatoes, dehydrated potatoes and noodles. Common health problems in this area include vitamin A deficiency and anemia. Most of the adults in Zona German Busch work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $130 per month. This community needs schools, trained teachers, employment opportunities and police stations.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of La Hermosa Student Center to provide Heber with Bible studies, medical checkups, hygiene education, sports, homework help and reading and writing classes.
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 El Alto