Weldison makes his home with his father and his mother. Buying or selling in the market, making beds and running errands are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Weldison participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, telling stories and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Weldison will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Weldison lives in the hillside community of Tuntum, home to approximately 43,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, rice, beans and cuxá (leaf typical of the area). Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, intestinal worms, hepatitis, tonsillitis and respiratory diseases. Most adults in Tuntum work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $248 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, clean water, schools, teachers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Lançando a Semente Student Center to provide Weldison with Bible studies, health education, recreational activities and tutoring. The center staff will also provide meetings and lectures about family for the parents or guardians of Weldison.
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: West of Teresina