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Josue Merlo  

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  • Age: 4
  • Birthday: February 10, 2011
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Bolivia
  • Center: Rhema Student Center
  • Child ID: BO4080670
    • Waiting: 304 days for a sponsor. Urgent need for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Josue lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include cleaning. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.

For fun, Josue enjoys playing ball games. He attends church activities regularly and is in pre-school where his performance is average.

Your love and support will help Josue to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Josue lives on the plains of Viacha, home to approximately 30,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes.

Common health problems in this area include anemia, diarrhea, intestinal and respiratory infections and dehydration. Most adults in Viacha work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $140 per month. This community needs paved streets, health centers and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rhema Student Center to provide Josue with Bible teaching, medical checkups, dental treatment, nutritious food, special celebrations and academic support. The center staff will also provide evangelism, home visits and counseling for the parents or guardians of Josue.
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.

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