Santiago lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Santiago participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Playing with cars and art are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Santiago will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Santiago lives on the plains of La Tamborada, home to approximately 9,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Quechua.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, beef and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include stomach infections, diarrhea, malnutrition, oral health problems and respiratory diseases. Half of the adults in La Tamborada are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $74 per month. This community needs schools, libraries, recreational centers, technical training, child advocacy and better equipped medical facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of La Tamborada II Student Center to provide Santiago with Bibles, health education, birthday celebrations, field trips and educational assistance. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of Santiago.
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