In his home, Aidam helps by making beds and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Aidam participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and playing with marbles are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Aidam will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Aidam lives in the coastal community of Pueblo Joven Huascar-B, home to approximately 1,069,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice, potatoes and cereal. Common health problems in this area include anemia, acute respiratory infections, tuberculosis, diabetes and osteoporosis. Most adults work as street vendors, bricklayers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $170 per month. This community needs stable employment opportunities, recreational areas and improved infrastructure in schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of La Primitiva Student Center to provide Aidam with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, hygiene education, birthday celebrations, field trips, school reinforcement, crafts and mini-chef classes. The center staff will also provide meetings and marriage workshops for the parents or guardians of Aidam.
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