In her home, Raysa helps by carrying water, making beds and running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Raysa participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Rolling a hoop, playing house and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Raysa to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Raysa lives in the community of Aldeia Parque, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of bread, rice and beans. Common health problems in this area include worms, skin diseases, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea and malnutrition. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $223 per month. This community needs vocational training, improved public schools, employment opportunities and health services.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of AMPECC - Amparando Pequeninos com Cristo Student Center to provide Raysa with Bible teaching, hygiene education, nutritious food, medical exams, group activities, special celebrations, camps, tutoring, reading workshops, music and art lessons, computer courses and field trips. The center staff will also provide meetings, lectures and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Raysa.
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: South of Fortaleza