Filipe makes his home with his mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His mother is employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Filipe participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, art and walking are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Filipe will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Filipe lives on the plains of Autran Nunes, home to approximately 31,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of chicken, beans, bread, rice, potatoes and eggs. Common health problems in this area include viruses, asthma, pneumonia, chickenpox, worms, skin diseases, cancer and mosquito-borne diseases. Most adults in Autran Nunes are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $75 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs secondary schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Espaço Esperança Student Center to provide Filipe with Christian education, fluoride application, sports, field trips, academic support and music workshops. The center staff will also provide educational lectures for the parents or guardians of Filipe.
Encompassing the Amazon River basin, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world in terms of landmass. The country occupies about half of the South American continent. About 90 percent of Brazilians live on 10 percent of the land, a 200-mile tropical zone bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
In addition to indigenous peoples, the country is home to Portuguese, Africans brought to Brazil as slaves and European and Asian groups that have settled there in the last century. The national language is Portuguese. Seventy percent of Brazilians are Catholic. Compassion works mainly in the northeastern and southeastern parts of Brazil. Like many of its South American neighbors, Brazil is struggling to balance the needs of its indigenous people with the desire to industrialize its nation.
Originally inhabited by indigenous people, Brazil was claimed by Portugal as a colony in 1500. Portuguese rule lasted until 1822, when the colony declared its independence and established an independent monarchy. The monarchy ruled until 1889, when Brazil became a republic. The new republic adopted a federative system of government, which it still maintains. Since 1995, when Fernando Henrique Cardoso became president, the country has seen a decline in the rate of inflation and has enjoyed sustained economic growth. Though economically ahead of many of its neighbors, Brazil struggles with high unemployment, a debt-ridden economy and rampant poverty.
Map of Brazil
Child's Location: West of Fortaleza