Rocio lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for working at various household chores. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Rocio is not presently attending school. Playing with friends is her favorite activity. She also attends Christian instruction regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Rocio will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Rocio lives on the plains of Franz Tamayo"A" Neighborhood, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Aymara.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, skin diseases, respiratory illnesses, intestinal infections, anemia and vitamin A deficiency. Most adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $65 per month. This community needs vocational training, libraries, teachers, employment opportunities and improved housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Franz Tamayo Student Center to provide Rocio with Bible studies, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, homework help, vocational training and academic support. The center staff will also provide meetings, training and workshops for the parents or guardians of Rocio.
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: Northwest of El Alto