Mateus makes his home with his father and his mother. Running errands is his household duty. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.
For fun, Mateus enjoys walking, bicycling and running. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Mateus especially needs your love and care because he has impaired speech and has partial hearing loss. Because of your sponsorship, however, he is better able to lead a well-adjusted life. Please pray for him.
Mateus lives in the coastal community of Sao Vicente de Paula, home to approximately 9,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of rice, beans, bananas, potatoes, cassava flour and chicken. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, intestinal worms and dengue fever. Most adults in Sao Vicente de Paula work as bricklayers and earn the equivalent of $364 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, paved streets, doctors, vocational courses and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Nova Vida to provide Mateus with Christian education classes, nutritious food, hygiene education, recreation activities, art and tutoring. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Mateus.
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: Northeast of Teresina