Monalisa makes her home with her father and her mother. Gardening is her household duty. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Monalisa participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Singing, art and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Monalisa will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Monalisa lives in the coastal community of Detran, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread and cassava. Common health problems in this area include scabies, dengue fever, malnutrition, mycosis (fungal disease) and parasites. Most adults in Detran are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $172 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, proper sanitation, improved health services and suitable housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Nova Esperança to provide Monalisa with Christian education, health exams, information technology courses, choir, tutoring and culture and arts education. The center staff will also provide meetings and home visits for the parents or guardians of Monalisa.
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: West of Recife