Karen lives with her mother. She is responsible for making beds and cleaning. Her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Karen participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing house, playing ball games and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Karen to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Karen lives in the mountainous community of Zona Villa F tima, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Quechua.
The regional diet consists of chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, colds and respiratory illnesses. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $143 per month. This community needs technical training and increased incomes.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nueva Jerusalen Student Center to provide Karen with Bible teaching, dental care, medical examinations, health education, special celebrations, sports, talent shows, choir, field trips and academic support. The center staff will also provide counseling, evangelism, health education and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Karen.
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: Center of Potosi