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Gabriel Da Silva Barbosa  

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  • Age: 10
  • Birthday: July 14, 2004
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Brazil
  • Center: Centro de Desenvolvimento Integral Vida VII
  • Child ID: BR4440219
    • Waiting: 263 Days for a sponsor.
In his home, Gabriel helps by carrying water, caring for animals and making beds. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Gabriel participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, swimming and singing are his favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Gabriel to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Gabriel lives in the community of Nova Descoberta, home to approximately 34,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The commonly spoken language is Portuguese.

The regional diet consists of beans, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, hypertension and AIDS. Most adults in Nova Descoberta are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $118 per month. This community needs adult literacy classes.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro De Desenvolvimento Integral Vida VII to provide Gabriel with Bible teaching, health education, recreational activities, games, music classes and opportunities for community service. The center staff will also provide literacy classes and health education for the parents or guardians of Gabriel.
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: Northeastern Recife

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

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
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  • 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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