Rodrigo lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Rodrigo works at home running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Rodrigo participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Rodrigo in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Rodrigo lives in the forested community of Cerro Las Animas, home to approximately 2,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have cement floors.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, stomach ailments, tuberculosis and respiratory infections. Most adults in Cerro Las Animas work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $143 per month. This community needs potable water, libraries and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Buen Pastor Student Center to provide Rodrigo with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, picnics, special celebrations, sports, homework assistance, cultural activities and skills training. The center staff will also provide evangelism, income-generating activities and health and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Rodrigo.
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