David lives with his grandmother. His duties at home include running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. His grandmother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, David participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, David will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
David lives in the hillside community of Alto Sao José, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The commonly spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of fish, rice and roselle (herb). Common health problems in this area include viruses, diarrhea, dengue fever, intestinal worms, waterborne diseases, malnutrition, diabetes, tuberculosis and leprosy. Most adults in Alto Sao José work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $242 per month. This community has electricity but needs an improved water supply, vocational training, employment opportunities and improved medical care facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Nova Esperança Child Development Center to provide David 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 David.
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