Francisco lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds and running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
Soccer, bicycling and running are Francisco's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Francisco to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Francisco lives on the plains of Inhuporanga, home to approximately 7,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of bread, fish, rice, beans, chicken and eggs. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malnutrition, viruses, intestinal worms and Silicosis (lung disease). Most adults work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $130 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, drinking water, schools, employment opportunities and health centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nove Esperança Student Center to provide Francisco with Bible teaching, nutritious food, sports, special celebrations, tutoring and music classes. The center staff will also provide meetings, home visits and parties for the parents or guardians of Francisco.
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: Southwest of Fortaleza