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Marlene Surco  

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  • Age: 2
  • Birthday: March 25, 2013
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Bolivia
  • Center: Mejillones
  • Child ID: BO4240651
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
In her home, Marlene helps by working at various household chores. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

Marlene is not presently attending school. Playing with friends is her favorite activity. She also attends Christian instruction regularly.

Please remember Marlene in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Marlene lives on the plains of Mejillones, home to approximately 7,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aymara and the most commonly spoken language is Quechua.

The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread, beef, rice and chuño (dried potatoes). Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malnutrition, oral health problems and respiratory infections. Most adults work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $210 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, libraries, technical training and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Iglesia Evangélica de Dios de Boliviana Mejillones to provide Marlene with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, field trips, homework help, reading and writing reinforcement and social activities. The center staff will also provide evangelism and health education for the parents or guardians of Marlene.
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.

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Child's Location: Northwest of El Alto

Child lives in an area with higher risk of child exploitation and abuse.

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