Ariel lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for working at various household chores. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Ariel is not presently attending school. Playing with friends is her favorite activity. She also attends Christian instruction regularly.
Please remember Ariel in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Ariel lives in the desert community of Santa Elizabeth - II Etapa, home to approximately 40,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, malnutrition, tuberculosis, parasites and anemia. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $212 per month. This community needs law enforcement, recreation centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CELIM Student Center to provide Ariel with Bible teaching, medical exams, nutritious food, hygiene education, picnics, special celebrations, homework assistance, hydroponics workshops and computer courses. The center staff will also provide evangelism and meetings for the parents or guardians of Ariel.
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