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Rayza Victoria Marques Gomes  

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  • Age: 5
  • Birthday: September 16, 2009
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Brazil
  • Center: Associaçao Projeto Criança
  • Child ID: BR4610325
Rayza makes her home with her mother. Running errands is her household duty. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Rayza participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and walking are her favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Rayza to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Rayza lives on the plains of Conjunto Beira Mar, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.

The regional diet consists of bread, rice and eggs. Common health problems in this area include allergies, bronchitis, asthma, malnutrition, parasites, scabies and verminosis. Half of the adults in Conjunto Beira Mar are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $149 per month. This community needs basic sanitation, adult literacy programs, vocational training, improved housing and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Associaçao Projeto Criança to provide Rayza with Bible classes, health and dental hygiene education, special celebrations, field trips, academic support, life skills classes and a recycling workshop. The center staff will also provide meetings and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Rayza.
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

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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
  • Medical care
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  • Important life-skills training
  • 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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