Mirela lives with her mother. Her duties at home include gathering firewood and running errands. There are 6 children in the family. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Mirela enjoys singing, playing house and playing with dolls. She attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Mirela will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mirela lives in the coastal community of Ilha Grande, home to approximately 8,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of fish, rice, beans, chicken and cassava flour. Most adults in Ilha Grande work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $364 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, a hospital, doctors, technical training centers and preschools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Herança do Senhor to provide Mirela with Bible teaching, nutritious food, hygiene education, recreation activities, art and tutoring. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Mirela.
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