In his home, Wemerson helps by buying or selling in the market , caring for children and making beds. He lives with his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather is not employed and his mother is employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Wemerson participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, art and walking are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Wemerson will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Wemerson lives on the plains of Janga, home to approximately 35,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of fish, rice, cassava and beans. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, skin diseases and viruses. Most adults in Janga are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $82 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and an improved quality of education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Novas de Paz III to provide Wemerson with Bible teaching, servant leadership training, dental and health monitoring, games, tutoring, cultural field trips, music classes, school supplies, nutritious food, medication and clothing. The center staff will also provide meetings and devotions for the parents or guardians of Wemerson.
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: Northeast of Recife