Johannes lives with his father. He is responsible for making beds and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Johannes participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and playing with cars are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Johannes will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Johannes lives in the community of Villa Loreto, home to approximately 9,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, tin walls and wood roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Quechua.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, malnutrition and dental decay. Most adults in Villa Loreto work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $70 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and an improved education system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Iglesia Filadelfia Student Center to provide Johannes with Bible teaching, first aid classes, nutritious meals, recreational activities, tutoring and competitions. In addition, non-schooled children receive preschool classes. The center staff will also sponsor family events in order to foster better relationships between parents or guardians and their children.
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 Cochabamba