Kevin lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Kevin works at home carrying water and running errands. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kevin participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Hide-and-seek, running and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Kevin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kevin lives on the plains of Papelpampa Oruro, home to approximately 23,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The population is comprised of Aymaras, Quechuas and Mestizos. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish, Aymara and Quechua.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, anemia, diarrhea and vitamin A deficiency. Most adults in Papelpampa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $72 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, potable water and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hebron Student Center to provide Kevin with Bible teaching, medical care, special celebrations, educational classes and developmental activities. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching and social events for the parents or guardians of Kevin.
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: In the city of Oruro