Michel lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Michel works at home running errands. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with cars and running are Michel's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is below average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Please remember Michel in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Michel lives in the plains of Bezerra e Sousa, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of bread, chicken, fish, rice, cassava, beans, goat, eggs, tapioca and rapadura (sugar). Common health problems in this area include intestinal worms and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Bezerra e Sousa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $377 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities, sanitation and public health services.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Espaço Voar Student Center to provide Michel with Bible teaching, nutritious food, hygiene lessons, recreational activities, tutoring, reading workshops, literacy classes and special celebrations. The center staff will also provide services for the parents or guardians of Michel.
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 Fortaleza