Valeria lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. Valeria works at home making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Valeria enjoys volleyball, art and playing group games. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Valeria will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Valeria lives in the coastal community of Bat n Grande, home to approximately 27,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, adobe walls and tin or corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, bread, rice, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include colds, diarrhea, asthma, bronchitis, intestinal parasites and malnutrition. Most adults in Bat n Grande work as day laborers, on plantations or as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $155 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, qualified teachers and well-equipped health centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Juan Wesley Student Center to provide Valeria with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene and nutrition education, nutritious meals, birthday celebrations, vocational counseling, school supplies and school fees. The center staff will also provide meetings and home visits for the parents or guardians of Valeria.
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: East of Chiclayo