In his home, Samuel helps by running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Samuel participates in church activities. He is also in pre-school where his performance is average. Playing with cars and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Samuel to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Samuel lives in the mountainous community of Zona Mariscal Sucre Sector C, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, respiratory infections, intestinal parasites, vitamin A deficiency and anemia. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $115 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and security.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Restauracion Student Center to provide Samuel with Bible teaching, health education, medical checkups, field trips, community service opportunities, birthday celebrations and technical training. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, community service opportunities and health education for the parents or guardians of Samuel.
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