Giancarlo lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Giancarlo enjoys soccer, art and bicycling. He attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Giancarlo will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Giancarlo lives in the coastal community of Leoncio Prado, home to approximately 792,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, skin diseases, diarrhea, pneumonia and bronchitis. Most adults in Leoncio Prado work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $194 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Amigos de Jesus Student Center to provide Giancarlo with Bible teaching, health education, special celebrations, field trips, educational videos, computer courses and silk screening and hydroponics classes. The center staff will also provide evangelism, nutrition education, handicraft skills training and community service opportunities for the parents or guardians of Giancarlo.
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: Southeast of Lima