Cristhofer lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with cars and playing ball games are Cristhofer's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Cristhofer will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Cristhofer lives on the plains of Base Aerea, home to approximately 18,000 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 rice, potatoes, bread, beef, chicken, bananas and maize. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections. Most adults in Base Aerea work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $160 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and an improved education system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Base Area Student Center to provide Cristhofer with Bible teaching, medical checkups, special celebrations, academic support and health and hygiene education. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and technical training for the parents or guardians of Cristhofer.
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