Gustavo lives with his stepfather and his mother. At home, duties include buying or selling in the market and running errands. His stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with cars and playing with marbles are Gustavo's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Gustavo in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Gustavo lives on the plains of Castelao, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, dental decay, worms and mycosis (skin infection). Half the adults in Castelao are unemployed but some work as manual laborers, street vendors or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $117 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities and suitable housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of PROSSICA-Projeto Social Sementes da ICA to provide Gustavo with a Christian education, health and hygiene education, special celebrations, sports, computer classes and academic support. The center staff will also provide meetings, vocational courses and adult literacy classes for the parents or guardians of Gustavo.
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.
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