In her home, Marisabel helps by washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
Volleyball, art and listening to music are Marisabel's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Marisabel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Marisabel lives in the coastal community of Independencia, home to approximately 208,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, asthma, diarrhea and hepatitis. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $260 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs technical schools and permanent employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Semillero de Sión Student Center to provide Marisabel with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical checkups, birthday celebrations, field trips, academic reinforcement, silk-screening workshops and vocational guidance. The center staff will also provide parents' school, monthly meetings and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Marisabel.
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: Northeast of Lima