Deyma lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include caring for animals, making beds and helping in the kitchen. Her father is employed as a teacher and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Deyma participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Volleyball, singing and baseball are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Deyma to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Deyma lives in the coastal community of Carmen de la Legua, home to approximately 45,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have wood roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include asthma, tuberculosis, colds, stomach illnesses and respiratory infections. Most adults in Carmen de la Legua work in factories, domestic services or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $180 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs employment opportunities and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Exploradores del Rey Student Center to provide Deyma with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, nutritious meals, field trips, special celebrations, school supplies, computer lessons, uniforms and hydroponics and silk screening workshops. The center staff will also provide retreats, evangelism and marriage counseling for the parents or guardians of Deyma.
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