Alvaro makes his home with his father and his mother. Cleaning is his household duty. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 8 children in the family.
For fun, Alvaro enjoys playing ball games and running. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Alvaro will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alvaro lives in the mountainous community of German Busch 1-1-3 Zone, Sergio Almaraz Ave., home to approximately 4,500 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 and malnutrition. Most adults work as street vendors or market traders and earn the equivalent of $140 per month. This community needs technical education centers, permanent employment opportunities, a sewer system and security.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Andamos Bolivia Student Center to provide Alvaro with Bible teaching, dental and medical checkups, fluoridation, field trips, academic support and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide evangelism, health education and literacy courses for the parents or guardians of Alvaro.
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: Northeast of El Alto