Gary lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include caring for children, caring for animals and washing clothes. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Gary participates in church activities. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Soccer, swimming and volleyball are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Gary will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Gary lives on the plains of Campo Ferial, home to approximately 6,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Spanish and the most commonly spoken language is Quechua.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasitic illnesses, colds and coughs. Most adults in Campo Ferial work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $143 per month. This community needs paved streets, qualified teachers, libraries, and improved incomes.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Iglesia Barrio Minero Alalay Student Center to provide Gary with Bible teaching, sports, birthday parties, recreational activities, academic reinforcement and field trips. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and social activities for the parents or guardians of Gary.
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