Alejandro lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. Alejandro works at home cleaning. There are 7 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Alejandro participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with cars is his favorite activity.
Please remember Alejandro in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Alejandro lives in the hillside community of El Tejar, home to approximately 35,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Aymara.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include the flu, malnutrition, typhoid, pneumonia and tuberculosis. Most adults in El Tejar work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $93 per month. This community needs educational materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Tejar Student Center to provide Alejandro with Bible teaching, hygiene education, sports, field trips, academic support and workshops. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Alejandro.
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: West of La Paz