Cleidivan lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for buying or selling in the market and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Cleidivan participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, bicycling and running are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Cleidivan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Cleidivan lives on the plains of Bairro de Fátima, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of maize, rice, beans and cuxá (leaf typical of the region). Common health problems in this area include flu, dengue, diarrhea, sore throats and worms. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $171 per month. This community needs paved streets, improved sanitation and garbage collection.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Nova Vida to provide Cleidivan with Bible studies, health education, sports and music classes. The center staff will also provide meetings, evangelism, health education and couples workshops for the parents or guardians of Cleidivan.
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: West of Teresina