Larissa lives with her stepfather and her mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her stepfather is not employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Larissa enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and walking. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Please remember Larissa in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Larissa lives on the plains of Jereissati I, home to approximately 3,000 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, beef, rice, potatoes and eggs. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, allergies, flu, diabetes, tuberculosis and malnutrition. Most adults work in factories and earn the equivalent of $224 per month. This community has electricity and basic sanitation but needs vocational training, employment opportunities and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Ebenézer to provide Larissa with Bible teaching, hygiene and health education, fluoride application, special celebrations, field trips, choir, recreational activities, tutoring, music lessons, computer courses and English classes. The center staff will also provide lectures for the parents or guardians of Larissa.
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 Fortaleza