In his home, Douglas helps by running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Douglas participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and playing with marbles are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Douglas to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Douglas lives in the desert community of Cidade de Deus, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of rice, bananas, cassava and chicken. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, malnutrition, worms, viruses and skin diseases. Most adults in Cidade de Deus work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $373 per month. This community needs health centers, improved sanitation, paved streets, schools and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto Crescendo com Cristo to provide Douglas with Christian education classes, hygiene education, nutritious food, medical tests, sports, tutoring and music courses. The center staff will also provide home visits, meetings and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Douglas.
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 Fortaleza