Wendel lives with his stepfather and his mother. His duties at home include running errands. There are 5 children in the family. His stepfather is employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Wendel participates in Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is below average. Soccer, playing with marbles and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Wendel in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Wendel lives on the plains of Povoado Areal, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The regional diet consists of rice, beans and eggs.
Common health issues in this area include viruses, diarrhea, dengue fever, intestinal worms, malnutrition, hypertension, tuberculosis and leprosy. Most adults in Povoado Areal work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $320 per month. This community needs schools, vocational training centers, employment opportunities and improved medical facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Peniel Child Development Center to provide Wendel with Bible teaching, hygiene education, health screening, nutritious food, recreational activities, academic support and special celebrations. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Wendel.
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