Wedson lives with his mother. He is responsible for buying or selling in the market and running errands. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Wedson participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and art are his favorite activities.
Please remember Wedson in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Wedson lives on the plains of Santo Amaro II, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of plantains, rice and beans. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, skin diseases, viral illnesses and leptospirosis (bacterial infection). Most adults in Santo Amaro II work collecting recyclable materials and earn the equivalent of $377 per month. This community needs drinking water, improved sanitation and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDI Novas de Paz IV to provide Wedson with Bible teaching, leadership training, health and dental checkups, drug abuse prevention education, games, music classes, tutoring, art workshops, scholastic materials, nutritious food, medication and clothing. The center staff will also provide parenting lectures and devotions for the parents or guardians of Wedson.
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 Recife