Raúl makes his home with his father and his mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a project worker. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Raúl participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and art are his favorite activities.
Please remember Raúl in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Raúl lives in the jungle community of Bagua, home to approximately 24,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, guinea pig, fish, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, fevers, mosquito-borne illnesses, parasites and dengue. Most adults in Bagua work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $160 per month. This community needs pastoral counseling, alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs, universities, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Fe y Amor Student Center to provide Raúl with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene education, field trips, special celebrations, academic reinforcement, nutritious food and a library. The center staff will also provide educational lectures for the parents or guardians of Raúl.
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 Bagua