Marco lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Marco participates in Bible class. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Marco will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Marco lives on the plains of Chapuma Village, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aymara.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include intestinal diseases, respiratory illnesses, malnutrition and diarrhea. Most adults in Chapuma Village work as seamstresses or bricklayers and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Shekinah Student Center to provide Marco with Bible teaching, recreational activities, field trips and academic support. The center staff will also provide special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Marco.
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: Northeast of La Paz