In his home, Gari helps by making beds, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Soccer, art and bicycling are Gari's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and youth group.
Because of your sponsorship, Gari will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Gari lives in the coastal community of Luján, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt and cement floors, brick walls and cement roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, yucca, beef, rice, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include acute respiratory diseases, diarrhea, allergies and tuberculosis. Half of the adults in Luján are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $107 per month. This community needs qualified teachers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Luz y Vida Student Center to provide Gari with Bible teaching, sports, field trips, birthday celebrations, handicraft workshops and homework assistance. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and worship services for the parents or guardians of Gari.
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: North of Chiclayo