Luz lives with her mother. At home, duties include caring for children, washing clothes and making beds. Her mother is sometimes employed.
Volleyball, singing and art are Luz's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Luz will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Luz lives on the plains of 21 de Diciembre, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aymara and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. A common health problem in this area is the common cold. Most adults in 21 de Diciembre work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs scholastic materials, schools, a hospital, markets and higher wages.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Monte de Sión Student Center to provide Luz with Bible teaching, leadership development, health education, sports, picnics, special celebrations, and retreats. The center staff will also provide meetings and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Luz.
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: South of La Paz