In his home, Ednaldo helps by buying or selling in the market and making beds. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer.
For fun, Ednaldo enjoys playing with cars, singing and bicycling. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Ednaldo in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Ednaldo lives in the semi-arid community of Centro, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, rice and beans. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malnutrition, chicken pox, scarlet fever, hepatitis and dengue fever. Most adults in Centro work as day laborers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $145 per month. This community needs a sewer system, paved roads, running water, qualified teachers and increased incomes.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Casa de Vida Ibis Student Center to provide Ednaldo with Bible teaching, sports, medical care, tutoring, computer and music classes, educational videos and drug abuse prevention education. The center staff will also provide meetings, special celebrations and home visits for the parents or guardians of Ednaldo.
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: West of Joao Pessoa