Raul makes his home with his father and his mother. Making beds and running errands are his household duties. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Raul participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer is his favorite activity.
Your love and support will help Raul to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Raul lives in the forested community of San Miguel, home to approximately 4,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish, Quechua and Aymara.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include flu, malnutrition, parasites, skin diseases and dental problems. Most adults in San Miguel are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $70 per month. This community needs schools, technical training institutes, employment opportunities, a hospital and security.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Escuela Biblica Celestial Student Center to provide Raul with Bible teaching, hygiene education, social relationship training, art activities, academic support and environmental cleanliness education. Sixty percent of the children in this project are not in school because they are underage.
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: Southwest of Cochabamba