Renzo lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include caring for children, washing clothes and making beds. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, singing and art are Renzo's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and youth group.
Please remember Renzo in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Renzo lives in the coastal community of AAHH Nueva Esperanza-Collique district, home to approximately 15,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have dirt floors. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasites, dental decay, stomach infections and respiratory illnesses. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $135 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, libraries and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Belen de Collique Student Center to provide Renzo with Bible teaching, nutritious food, hygiene instruction, field trips, birthday celebrations, sports, medical exams, vocational training, homework help and educational classes. The center staff will also provide evangelism, special celebrations and handicraft training for the parents or guardians of Renzo.
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 from Lima