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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: May 1, 1997
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Peru
  • Center: Manantial de Vida Student Center
  • Child ID: PE2710427
    • Waiting: 185 Days for a sponsor.
Maria lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include caring for animals and helping in the kitchen. There are 5 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Maria participates in youth group and camp. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Volleyball, listening to music and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Maria will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Maria lives on the plains of Cooperativa El Mantaro, home to approximately 615,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tin roofs.

The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, viral diseases, cholera and bronchial illnesses. Most adults work in factories, domestic services or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $230 per month. This community needs preschools, libraries, drug addiction rehabilitation programs and permanent employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Manantial de Vida Student Center to provide Maria with Bible teaching, dental care, nutritious food, health education, medical checkups, community service opportunities, special celebrations, homework help, computer courses and vocational training. The center staff will also provide evangelism, monthly meetings and child protection workshops for the parents or guardians of Maria.
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.

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Child's Location: Northeast of Lima

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