Alex lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, making beds and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 8 children in the family.
For fun, Alex enjoys soccer, playing ball games and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in middle school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Alex will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alex lives in the mountainous community of Aranjuez, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Quechua.
The regional diet consists of bread and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, scabies, respiratory illnesses and eye diseases. Most adults in Aranjuez work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $143 per month. This community needs permanent employment opportunities, paved roads, drinking water, a sewer system and libraries.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Refugio Student Center to provide Alex with Bible teaching, hygiene education, medical checkups, etiquette classes, special celebrations, writing skills education and academic support. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Alex.
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: Southwest of Sucre