Jose lives with his mother. He is responsible for washing clothes and running errands. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jose participates in Bible class. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer is his favorite activity.
Please remember Jose in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jose lives on the plains of Cooperativa Tayacaja, home to approximately 160,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and plastic sheet roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include colds and bronchitis. Most adults in Cooperativa Tayacaja work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $222 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Todo por Amor Student Center to provide Jose with Bible teaching, dental and medical checkups, first aid education, special celebrations, sports, silk screening and hydroponics workshops, skills for life training, shoes and school supplies. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, child abuse prevention education and afternoon snacks for the parents or guardians of Jose.
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: East of Lima