Clara lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Clara enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and walking. She attends Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Clara will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Clara lives on the plains of Parque Sao Jose, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile roofs. The commonly spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of rice, beans, bananas, bread and chicken. Common health problems in this area include flu, dysentery, asthma and skin diseases. Most adults in Parque Sao Jose work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $272 per month. This community needs suitable housing, schools and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro Estudantil Vida Nova to provide Clara with Bible teaching, medical checkups, karate lessons, tuition assistance, sports, computer courses, music classes and field trips. The center staff will also provide evangelistic meetings and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Clara.
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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Child's Location: South of Fortaleza