Noelia lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include making beds and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
Singing, playing house and playing with dolls are Noelia's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Noelia will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Noelia lives on the plains of Paulo Falcao, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of bananas, rice, beans, cassava and chicken. Common health problems in this area include hepatitis, diarrhea, skin diseases, malaria and dengue fever. Most adults in Paulo Falcao work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $166 per month. This community needs access to clean water, improved sanitation, employment opportunities, health centers and improved law enforcement.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Fundaçao Criança Cidada to provide Noelia with Bible studies, recreational activities, group dynamics and tutoring classes. The center staff will also provide emergency financial assistance for the parents or guardians of Noelia.
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: West of Teresina