Marco makes his home with his mother. Washing clothes, making beds and running errands are his household duties. His mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Marco participates in church activities, youth group and camp. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, soccer and volleyball are his favorite activities.
Please remember Marco in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Marco lives in the forested community of Campo Ferial, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Quechua.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include colds and dental cavities. Most adults in Campo Ferial work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $206 per month. This community needs technical training and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Fuente de Vida to provide Marco with Bible studies, medical treatment, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, birthday celebrations, academic support, field trips and reading and writing reinforcement. The center staff will also provide health education, child protection workshops and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Marco.
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