Maribel makes her home with her father and her mother. Helping in the kitchen and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 6 children in the family.
For fun, Maribel enjoys playing with dolls. She attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Maribel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Maribel lives in the mountainous community of Estrella del Norte Zone, Periferica Ave., home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud or brick walls and tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Aymara and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, rice, potatoes and chuño (dehydrated potato). Common health problems in this area include intestinal infections, colds, malnutrition and parasites. Most adults work as day laborers, street vendors or market traders and earn the equivalent of $116 per month. This community needs secondary schools, permanent employment opportunities and health centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Aposento Alto Student Center to provide Maribel with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, picnics, field trips, academic support and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide evangelism and family orientation training for the parents or guardians of Maribel.
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: North of El Alto