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Kelcy Bonifacio  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: May 12, 2008
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Bolivia
  • Center: Iglesia Marquina Student Center
  • Child ID: BO7070140
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Kelcy lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. Kelcy works at home making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Kelcy participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Telling stories, playing house and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Kelcy will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kelcy lives in the valley community of Marquina, home to approximately 2,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, rice and potatoes.

Common health problems in this area include colds and dental cavities. Most adults in Marquina work as day laborers or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $206 per month. This community needs secondary schools, employment opportunities and parks.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Iglesia Marquina Student Center to provide Kelcy with Bible teaching, hygiene education, medical checkups, nutritious food, games, school supplies, academic support and field trips. The center staff will also provide counseling, meetings and workshops for the parents or guardians of Kelcy.
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: Northwest of Cochabamba

Child lives in an area with higher risk of child exploitation and abuse.

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects a child living in poverty with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.

Your support provides:

  • Medical checkups, which often save lives
  • Nutritious food
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  • Educational assistance
  • Access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
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