Vitoria lives with her mother. Her duties at home include making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. Her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Vitoria participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Swimming, singing and playing house are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Vitoria to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Vitoria lives on the plains of Pio XII, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, rice, eggs and sardines. Common health problems in this area include the flu, dengue fever, diarrhea, diabetes, hypertension and asthma. Most adults in Pio XII work as day laborers or in domestic service and earn the equivalent of $227 per month. This community needs secondary schools, vocational training courses, employment opportunities and a health care center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Família Feliz to provide Vitoria with a Christian education, hygiene and health education, field trips, recreational activities, tutoring and delivery of basic foods. The center staff will also provide educational lectures for the parents or guardians of Vitoria.
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: South of Fortaleza