Edinson lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Edinson participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Playing with cars and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Please remember Edinson in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Edinson lives in the coastal community of Lambayeque, home to approximately 63,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud or brick walls and tin or cement roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, stomachaches, bronchitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, colds, asthma, intestinal parasites and anemia. Most adults in Lambayeque work in domestic services, on plantations, as street vendors or as Moto taxi drivers and earn the equivalent of $142 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Dios Que Me Sustenta Student Center to provide Edinson with Bible teaching, hygiene and health education, medical checkups, nutritious meals, field trips, birthday celebrations, spiritual retreats and homework help. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Edinson.
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