In her home, Cristiane helps by running errands. She lives with her stepfather and her mother. Her stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Playing jacks, singing and playing with dolls are Cristiane's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Cristiane will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Cristiane lives in the mountainous community of Jardim Diamante, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of bread, rice, cassava and plantains. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, intestinal worms, skin diseases and leptospirosis (bacterial infection). Most adults in Jardim Diamante work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $379 per month. This community needs improved sanitation and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desenvolvimento Integral Novas de Paz V to provide Cristiane with Bible teaching, medical examinations, drug abuse prevention education, games, special celebrations, environmental preservation lectures, tutoring, music courses, art workshops, scholastic materials, nutritious food and clothes. The center staff will also provide meetings and devotions for the parents or guardians of Cristiane.
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