Elmer makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, caring for animals and helping in the kitchen are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Elmer participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, basketball and playing with cars are his favorite activities.
Please remember Elmer in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Elmer lives in the forested community of Ironcollo, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of beef, bread, chicken, maize, potatoes and rice.
A common health problem in this area is the common cold. Most adults in Ironcollo work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $145 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, employment opportunities and health centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kawsaj Yaku Student Center to provide Elmer with Bible teaching, health education, hygiene training, nutrition lessons, soccer tournaments, music classes, drama and music lessons, games, camps, life skills training, educational assistance, contests and remedial classes. The center staff will also provide special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Elmer.
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 Quillacollo