Angel lives with his grandfather and his mother. At home, duties include making beds and running errands. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a teacher. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Angel participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and reading are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Angel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Angel lives on the plains of Morro Solar, home to approximately 9,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls. The population is comprised of Mestizos and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, rice, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include colds, parasites, fungus infections, stomach infections, salmonella, typhoid and skin diseases. Most adults in Morro Solar work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $113 per month. This community has basic services but needs qualified teachers, employment opportunities and increased salaries.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of De los Niños es el Reino Student Center to provide Angel with Bible teaching, hygiene instruction, recreational activities, field trips, academic support, school supplies, medicine and nutritious meals. The center staff will also provide lectures and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Angel.
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: Center of Jaen