Ana lives with her mother. Her duties at home include helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. Her mother is employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ana participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Singing and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Ana to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Ana lives in the community of Vila do Jacaré Quadra 61, home to approximately 1,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bread, rice and eggs. Common health problems in this area include the flu, skin diseases, viral infections, parasitic diseases, dengue fever, respiratory illnesses and diarrhea. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $303 per month. This community needs basic sanitation, food, clothing, paved roads and adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Projeto de Vida to provide Ana with Bible teaching, devotions, nutritious food, oral and physical health and hygiene education, field trips, movies, crafts, karate and ballet lessons, sports and tutoring. The center staff will also provide meetings and crafts workshops for the parents or guardians of Ana.
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 Recife