Rodrigo lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. Rodrigo works at home making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Rodrigo participates in Bible class. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, swimming and walking are his favorite activities.
Please remember Rodrigo in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Rodrigo lives in the mountainous community of Villa Barrientos,Pacata Neighbourhood, home to approximately 5,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and wood roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Quechua and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory infections, diarrhea, scabies, dental cavities and lice. Most adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $171 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, potable water, technical institutes and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Villa Barrientos to provide Rodrigo with Bible studies, medical treatment, hygiene and health education, games and sports, birthday celebrations, academic support, music classes and training in sewing and jewelry making. The center staff will also provide workshops for the parents or guardians of Rodrigo.
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