Maria lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
Singing, telling stories and art are Maria's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Maria will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Maria lives in the coastal community of Cristo Redentor, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include fevers, allergies, flu, skin diseases and parasitic diseases. Most adults in Cristo Redentor work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $426 per month. This community has electricity and a health care center but needs preschools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Novo Tempo to provide Maria with Bible teaching, hygiene education, field trips, special celebrations, tutoring, sports, art classes and distribution of basic food items. The center staff will also provide lectures for the parents or guardians of Maria.
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 Fortaleza