Jose lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include running errands and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Jose enjoys playing with cars and playing ball games. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Jose to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Jose lives on the plains of Viliroco, home to approximately 6,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Aymara and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include colds, gastrointestinal infections, hepatitis and parasitic diseases. Most adults in Viliroco work as bricklayers and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs teachers, secondary schools, employment opportunities and improved housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of MMB Viliroco Student Center to provide Jose with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, sport activities, field trips, homework help and vocational training. The center staff will also provide evangelism, vocational training and family counseling for the parents or guardians of Jose.
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