Mateus makes his home with his father and his mother. Running errands is his household duty. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with cars and bicycling are Mateus's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Mateus will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mateus lives on the plains of Barra do Corda, home to approximately 100,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Guajajaras, Canelas and Tupi-Guarani and the spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, bananas, rice, beans and cuxá (leaf typical of the region). Common health problems in this area include worms, gastrointestinal infections, hepatitis and tonsillitis. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $175 per month. This community needs clean water, schools, employment opportunities, improved sanitation and paved streets.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro Social e Beneficente Jerusalem 3 to provide Mateus with Bible studies, recreation activities and music classes. The center staff will also provide meetings, home visits and couples workshops for the parents or guardians of Mateus.
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