Julio lives with his mother. At home, duties include cleaning. His mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Julio participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with cars is his favorite activity.
Please remember Julio in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Julio lives on the plains of Villa Tunari, home to approximately 60,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aymara.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections and diarrhea. Most adults in Villa Tunari work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $130 per month. This community needs paved roads, educational materials, employment opportunities and recreation areas.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Emaus-Villa Tunari Student Center to provide Julio with prayer services, sports, medical checkups, field trips, birthday celebrations and games. The center staff will also provide special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Julio.
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 El Alto