Jorge lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed. Jorge works at home washing clothes, making beds and helping in the kitchen. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Jorge enjoys soccer, basketball and listening to music. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Please remember Jorge in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jorge lives in the coastal community of Urb. Satelite Ventanilla, 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, plantains, potatoes and beef. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, allergies, fungal infections and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Urb. Satelite Ventanilla work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $165 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and improved teacher training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Emannuel Student Center to provide Jorge with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, picnics, birthday celebrations, sports, homework assistance, computer instruction, skills training and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide evangelism, income-generating activities and health and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Jorge.
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 Callao