Graciela lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for helping in the kitchen and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 6 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Graciela participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Graciela will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Graciela lives in the mountainous community of El Rollo, home to approximately 4,000 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 respiratory and intestinal infections and skin diseases. Most adults in El Rollo work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $250 per month. This community needs schools, health centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Asambleas de Dios Nueva Jerusalen Student Center to provide Graciela with Bible studies, health education, special celebrations, field trips and sports competitions. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, counseling, special celebrations and health education for the parents or guardians of Graciela.
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 Sucre