Camila lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Camila participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing house and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Camila will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Camila lives in the desert community of Raul Porras Barrenechea, Carabayllo District, home to approximately 1,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, bananas, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, asthma, parasites, bronchitis, colds, fevers and other respiratory diseases. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Raul Porras Barrenechea Student Center to provide Camila with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene instruction, special celebrations, sports, homework help, cultural activities, educational videos and skills training. The center staff will also provide health education, special celebrations, income-generating activities and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Camila.
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