Antonia lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, teaching others and buying or selling in the market. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Antonia participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Rolling a hoop, telling stories and playing house are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Antonia will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Antonia lives on the plains of Lago da Pedra, home to approximately 47,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, rice, beans and Cuxá (leafy green). Common health problems in this area include worms, malnutrition, tonsillitis, waterborne illnesses and kidney and skin diseases. Most adults in Lago da Pedra work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $176 per month. This community needs clean water, garbage collection services and paved streets.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projecto Criança Cidada Child Development Center to provide Antonia with Bible teaching, health education, nutritious food, recreational activities and music classes. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Antonia.
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: Northwest of Teresina