In his home, Caio helps by running errands. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Caio participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and art are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Caio to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Caio lives in the mountainous community of Bairro Maria Paula, home to approximately 200,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of beans, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include allergies, worms, colds, bronchitis, malnutrition and pneumonia. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $298 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, electricity, food, health care, schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Campo Novo Student Center to provide Caio with Bible teaching, dental treatment, hygiene education, field trips, fine arts activities and academic support. Seventy percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide breakfast and social events for the parents or guardians of Caio.
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: North of Rio de Janeiro