Ronielisom lives with his grandmother. His grandmother is employed as a laborer. Ronielisom works at home making beds, running errands and cleaning.
For fun, Ronielisom enjoys soccer, playing with cars and listening to music. He attends church activities and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Ronielisom in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Project: BR-570, Projeto de Assistência Integral á Criança Carente
Location: Diamante, 366 km west of Joao Pessoa, Brazil
Ronielisom lives in the semi-arid community of Diamante, home to approximately 3,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, rice, beans, chicken and eggs. Common health problems in this area include the flu, dengue, diabetes, gastritis, depression and heart diseases. Most adults in Diamante work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $105 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, qualified teachers, improved sanitation and substance abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Projeto de Assistência Integral á Criança Carente to provide Ronielisom with Christian education classes, health exams, nutritious food, sports, oral health care education, tutoring, field trips, spiritual retreats and vocational training. The center staff will also provide special celebrations, vocational courses and child protection education.
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 Joao Pessoa