Elvis lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Elvis enjoys soccer, playing ball games and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Elvis will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Elvis lives in the mountainous community of Viacha, home to approximately 69,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, mud walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aymara.
The regional diet consists of chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, diarrhea and intestinal parasites. Most adults in Viacha work as street vendors or bricklayers and earn the equivalent of $67 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, employment opportunities and police stations.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Viacha Student Center to provide Elvis with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, special celebrations, field trips and academic support. The center staff will also provide handicraft training for the parents or guardians of Elvis.
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: Southwest of El Alto