In his home, Julio helps by making beds and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Julio enjoys soccer and playing with cars. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Julio will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Julio lives in the mountainous community of Cidade Alta, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of maize, rice, beans, bananas, cassava and cuzcuz (steamed cake of couscous and corn flour). Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, tuberculosis, skin diseases, diarrhea and parasitosis. Most adults work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $373 per month. This community needs water, employment opportunities and enforcement of labor laws.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Moldando para a Vida Student Center to provide Julio with Christian education classes, medical tests, nutritious food, hygiene education, recreation activities, music courses and tutoring. The center staff will also provide home visits, meetings and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Julio.
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