Vitaliano lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. Vitaliano works at home making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Vitaliano participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and playing with marbles are his favorite activities.
Please remember Vitaliano in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Vitaliano lives in the community of Sebastian Pagador, home to approximately 36,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of brick and mud and have cement roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Aymara, Spanish and Quechua.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malnutrition, colds and fevers. Most adults in Sebastian Pagador are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $71 per month. This community needs libraries, employment opportunities and scholastic materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Iglesia Sebastian Pagador Student Center to provide Vitaliano with Bible studies, nutritious food, medical and dental exams, special celebrations, field trips, camps, academic support and vocational training. The center staff will also provide health education, evangelism and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Vitaliano.
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