Raul lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Raul participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with cars, playing ball games and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Please remember Raul in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Raul lives on the plains of Oruro, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, clay walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aymara and the most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Aymara.
The regional diet consists of bread, beef, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, anemia, severe respiratory infections, eye infections, vitamin deficiencies, heart disease and malnutrition. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs well-trained teachers, school supplies, employment opportunities and drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Filadelfia Student Center to provide Raul with Bible teaching, health education, dental exams, vaccinations, sports, picnics, field trips, special celebrations and technical training. The center staff will also provide technical training and English classes for the parents or guardians of Raul.
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: North of central Oruro