In his home, Ervin helps by making beds and running errands. He lives with his grandmother. His grandmother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with cars and running are Ervin's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Ervin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ervin lives on the plains of 21 de Diciembre, home to approximately 5,600 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. Common health problems in this area include respiratory and intestinal infections. 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 and higher wages.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Monte de Sión Student Center to provide Ervin with Bible teaching, leadership development, health education, sports, picnics, special celebrations, field trips and talent shows. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Ervin.
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