Melanie lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, caring for animals and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Melanie participates in Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Singing, playing ball games and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Melanie to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Melanie lives on the plains of La Chimba, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Quechua, Spanish and Aymara.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, potatoes and rice. A common health problem in this area includes colds. Most adults are work as street vendors, carpenters or bricklayers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Iglesia Verbo de Dios Student Center to provide Melanie with Bible studies, medical and dental exams, hygiene education, special celebrations, field trips, sports, competitions, talent shows and etiquette education. The center staff will also provide meetings and workshops for the parents or guardians of Melanie.
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