Larissa makes her home with her father and her mother. Making beds and running errands are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Larissa enjoys singing, playing with dolls and jumping rope. She attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Larissa will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Larissa lives in the community of Buriti dos Lopes, home to approximately 19,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors; mud or brick walls; and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of maize, rice, beans, cassava, eggs and chicken. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, the flu, asthma and worms. Most adults in Buriti dos Lopes work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $366 per month. This community needs paved streets, improved sanitation, trained teachers, technical training centers, employment opportunities and an irrigation system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mensageiro da Paz Student Center to provide Larissa with choir, Bible teaching, hygiene education, nutritious food, recreation activities, tutoring and field trips. The center staff will also provide meetings and courses on working with recycled materials for the parents or guardians of Larissa.
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.
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Child's Location: Northeast of Teresina