Jhefferson lives with his mother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. His mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, basketball and listening to music are Jhefferson's favorite activities. In high school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Your love and support will help Jhefferson to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Jhefferson lives in the coastal community of Cooperativa Universal, home to approximately 160,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, tuberculosis, respiratory infections, bronchitis, diarrhea, parasites, stomach illnesses and skin diseases. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $180 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs employment opportunities, technical colleges and adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nacidos para Amar Student Center to provide Jhefferson with Bible teaching, dental and medical checkups, health and hygiene education, special celebrations, field trips, uniforms, computer courses and vocational instruction. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching, health education and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Jhefferson.
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