In his home, Luan helps by running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing with marbles and bicycling are Luan's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Luan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Luan lives on the plains of Coêlho Neto, home to approximately 41,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and straw roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, bananas, chicken, fish, rice, cassava, beef, beans and cuxá (a leaf typical of the region). Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, fevers, diarrhea, flu, sore throats and headaches. Most adults work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $176 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, schools, qualified teachers, law enforcement and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Trasformando Vidas to provide Luan with Bible teaching, hygiene and health education, recreational activities, art and special celebrations. The center staff will also provide meetings, evangelism and health care for the parents or guardians of Luan.
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: Northwest of Teresina