Cristhian lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include working at various household chores. There are 4 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
Cristhian is not presently attending school. Playing with friends is his favorite activity. He also attends Christian instruction regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Cristhian will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Cristhian lives in the mountainous community of Sacaba, home to approximately 9,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, tin walls and wood roofs. The primary ethnic group is Quechua and the spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, bread, beef, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, tuberculosis, colds and malnutrition. Most adults in Sacaba work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $91 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Los Olivos Student Center to provide Cristhian with Bible studies, medical and dental checkups, deworming, sports, special celebrations, talent shows, community service opportunities and academic support. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of Cristhian.
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