Flavia lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
Singing, playing house and playing with dolls are Flavia's favorite activities. In pre-school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Flavia will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Flavia lives in the island community of Ilha de Deus, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The population is comprised of mixed races and the most commonly spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of fish, bread, beans, plantains, flour, crab, rice and sururu (mussels). Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and viruses. Most adults in Ilha de Deus are unemployed but some work as fishers and earn the equivalent of $45 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, employment opportunities, suitable housing and a police station.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desenvolvimento Integral Vida II - Ilha de Deus to provide Flavia with Bible teaching, recreational activities, nutritious food, medical care, social events, academic support, educational lectures and music classes. The center staff will also provide educational lectures for the parents or guardians of Flavia.
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 Recife