Dilan lives with his mother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. His mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.
Dilan is not presently attending school. Playing with cars is his favorite activity. He also attends church activities regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Dilan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dilan lives on the plains of Nueva Tilata, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, bread, beef, plantains, rice, potatoes and eggs.
Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malnutrition, the flu, skin diseases and dental cavities. Most adults in Nueva Tilata work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $72 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, food, improved housing and tuition asisstance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Getsemani Student Center to provide Dilan with Bible teaching, supplementary food, hygiene education, games and academic support. The center staff will also provide social activities and parenting workshops for the parents or guardians of Dilan.
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: Southeast of La Paz