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Shyllan Braian Marques Porfino  

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  • Age: 5
  • Birthday: September 7, 2009
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Brazil
  • Center: Projeto Batista Semear
  • Child ID: BR4310492
Shyllan lives with his mother. He is responsible for running errands. His mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Shyllan participates in Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Art and listening to music are his favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Shyllan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Shyllan lives on the plains of Catuana Caucaia, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.

The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, rice, eggs and sardines. Common health problems in this area include diabetes, hypertension, asthma, diarrhea, parasites and viral diseases. Half the adults in Catuana Caucaia are unemployed but some work as day laborers or in factories and earn the equivalent of $227 per month. This community has a health care center and electricity but needs garbage collection services, schools, computer classes and recreation facilities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Batista Semear to provide Shyllan with Bible teaching, hygiene and nutrition education, medical tests, children's choir, sports, tutoring and guitar classes. The center staff will also provide informative lectures for the parents or guardians of Shyllan.
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

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects a child living in poverty with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.

Your support provides:

  • Medical checkups, which often save lives
  • Nutritious food
  • Health and hygiene training
  • Educational assistance
  • Access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
  • Mentoring to help children discover their incredible value as God’s children
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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