Itala lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for buying or selling in the market , caring for children and helping in the kitchen. Her father is not employed and her mother is employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Itala participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Telling stories, playing house and art are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Itala will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Itala lives on the plains of Canhotinho, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of bread, bananas, beans and goat. Common health problems in this area include intestinal worms, skin diseases and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Canhotinho work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $377 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, drinking water, employment opportunities and health services.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Bernabé to provide Itala with Christian education, sports, health and dental monitoring, art workshops, health education and nutritious food.
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: Southwest of Recife