Marisol makes her home with her father and her mother. Cleaning is her household duty. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Marisol enjoys playing with dolls and jumping rope. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Marisol will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Marisol lives in the mountainous community of Bolivia Urbanization, Senkata-El Alto, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors; mud or brick walls; and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include intestinal infections, respiratory illnesses, malnutrition, parasitism and dental decay. Most adults work as day laborers, street vendors or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs street lights, parks and access to medical care.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Misionera Mana Student Center to provide Marisol with Bible teaching, medical attention, health education, academic reinforcement, field trips, birthday celebrations, vocational training and psychological support. The center staff will also provide evangelism, health education and income-generating training for the parents or guardians of Marisol.
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: South of El Alto