Maria lives with her foster father and her foster mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her foster father is employed as a laborer and her foster mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Maria participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing house and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Maria to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Maria lives on the plains of Residencial Primavera, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mameluco and the spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of fish, beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include viral infections, diarrhea, vomiting, dengue fever, intestinal worms, malnutrition, hypertension and allergies. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $377 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, high schools, vocational training centers and improved medical and dental care.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mao Amiga Student Center to provide Maria with Bible studies, health education, nutritious food, recreation activities, tutoring, educational games and special celebrations. The center staff will also provide meetings and health education for the parents or guardians of Maria.
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