Monserrat lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for making beds and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Monserrat is not presently attending school. Hide-and-seek and playing group games are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Monserrat will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Monserrat lives on the plains of Villa Nueva Asunción, home to approximately 6,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Aymara and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, diarrhea, malnutrition, tuberculosis and dental cavities. Most adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $171 per month. This community needs tuition assistance and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Bet-el to provide Monserrat with Bible teaching, motor skills development, hygiene education, supplementary food, self-esteem development activities, etiquette training, academic support and field trips. The center staff will also provide evangelism and educational lectures for the parents or guardians of Monserrat.
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: Southwest of El Alto