Guilherme makes his home with his grandfather and his mother. Teaching others, buying or selling in the market and making beds are his household duties. His grandfather is employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Guilherme participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and volleyball are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Guilherme will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Guilherme lives in the coastal community of Parangaba, home to approximately 24,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, rice, chicken, potatoes and cassava. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, skin diseases, head lice and diseases caused by mosquitoes. Most adults in Parangaba are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $248 per month. This community needs technical training centers, employment opportunities and improved housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Renascer Student Center to provide Guilherme with Bible studies, health and hygiene education, medical and dental care, nutritious meals and music, choral and computer classes. The center will also provide educational lectures and health education for the parents or guardians of Guilherme.
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: In the city of Fortaleza