Andy lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Andy participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, playing with cars and swimming are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Andy will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Andy lives in the hillside community of Alto Cochabamba, home to approximately 2,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Aymara and Quechua.
The regional diet consists of chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include colds, malnutrition and diarrhea. Most adults in Alto Cochabamba work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $114 per month. This community needs vocational training, employment opportunities, food, clothes and improved housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Iglesia Nueva Eden Student Center to provide Andy with Bible teaching, dental treatment, games, special celebrations and coloring and drawing contests. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of Andy.
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