Brian lives with his mother. He is responsible for buying or selling in the market , caring for children and washing clothes. His mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Brian participates in church activities and camp. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, soccer and art are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Brian will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Brian lives on the plains of Miraflores, home to approximately 9,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, tin walls and wood roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Aymaras and Quechuas. The most commonly spoken languages are Aymara, Quechua and Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include dental and eye diseases, colds and warts. Most adults in Miraflores work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nueva Esperanza Student Center to provide Brian with Bible teaching, hygiene education, nutritious food and self-esteem education. The center staff will also provide social activities and parenting workshops for the parents or guardians of Brian.
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 Oruro