Brian lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Brian participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing ball games and running are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Brian will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Brian lives in Sebastian Pagador, home to approximately 5,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aymara and the most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Quechua.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, beef, rice, plantains and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses. Half of the adults in Sebastian Pagador are unemployed but some work in factories and earn the equivalent of $69 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and educational equipment.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nueva Vida Student Center to provide Brian with Bible teaching, health education, special celebrations, visits to cultural centers and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Brian.
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: Southeast of Cochabamba