Maria lives with her uncle and her aunt. Her uncle is sometimes employed as a farmer and her aunt maintains the home. Maria works at home running errands. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Maria enjoys singing, playing house and art. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Maria to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Maria lives in the valley community of Candeia Sao Sebastiao, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The regional diet consists of fish, rice, beans, eggs, deer meat and birds.
Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, intestinal worms, malnutrition, dengue fever and respiratory diseases. Most adults work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $99 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, drinking water, schools, qualified teachers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Viva Esperança Student Center to provide Maria with Christian education classes, nutritious food, hygiene education, recreational activities, special celebrations, tutoring, guitar lessons and home visits. The center staff will also provide meetings and home visits for the parents or guardians of Maria.
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: South of Fortaleza