In her home, Rebeca helps by washing clothes, making beds and cleaning. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed.
Walking and listening to music are Rebeca's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends youth group.
Please remember Rebeca in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Rebeca lives on the plains of Zarumilla Alta, home to approximately 659,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have dirt floors.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, rice and plantains. Common health problems in this area include bronchitis, tuberculosis, respiratory diseases, nausea and diarrhea. Most adults in Zarumilla Alta work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $261 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Iglesia Evangélica de Cristo del Perú a las Naciones to provide Rebeca with Bible teaching, dental screening, health education, eye exams, birthday celebrations, picnics, sports contests, vocational training workshops, computer courses, music lessons, blankets, school supplies and school registration fees. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching and vocational training workshops for the parents or guardians of Rebeca.
Sprawled along the southern Pacific Ocean, Peru is divided into three regions: the heavily populated coastal plain; the Andes Mountains, where cattle and agriculture predominate; and the humid eastern lowlands, inhabited by isolated Amerindian tribes.
Once part of the vast Incan empire, Peru has emerged from decades of civil strife as a growing economy. Three out of four Peruvians live in cities. Nearly half are Indians and many are mestizo (descended from Spanish and Indian ancestry). Spanish and Quechua are Peru's official languages. The majority of Peruvians are Catholic. Compassion works mostly in the western part of the country along the Pacific Ocean, but also has child development centers in the upper jungle and in some Andean towns in the central and eastern regions.
When Spaniard Francisco Pizarro landed in Peru in 1532, the Incas ruled a vast empire rich in silver and gold, which soon fell to the conquistadors. Spain ruled the area until 1821, when Peru won its independence. Since then, Peru's government has alternated between military and civilian dictators and reform-minded leaders. During the 1970s and 1980s, the country struggled with inflation, a decline in per-capita income, and guerrilla violence. A strong economy and increased stability prevailed in the 1990s, although the government was criticized for human rights violations. The 2006 elections saw the return of former president Alan Garcia who vowed to improve social conditions and maintain fiscal responsibility.
Map of Peru
Child's Location: North of Lima