Clecia lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother is employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Clecia participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and running are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Clecia to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Clecia lives on the plains of Sao Benedito, home to approximately 35,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of beans, cassava, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include diabetes, filariasis (parasites in the body tissue), influenza, anemia, mycosis (fungal disease), allergies and malnutrition. Most adults in Sao Benedito are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $76 per month. This community needs improved health services, basic sanitation, adult literacy programs, employment opportunities and suitable housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CEDIBE-CDI Jardim Beberibe to provide Clecia with Christian education, field trips, special celebrations, music and dance classes, academic support and art workshops. The center staff will also provide meetings, lectures and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Clecia.
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: North of Recife