In her home, Karen helps by running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 8 children in the family.
For fun, Karen enjoys playing house and playing with dolls. She attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Karen to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Karen 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 Karen 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 Karen.
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