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Juan Daniel Sánchez Martínez  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: June 4, 1997
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Peru
  • Center: Luz Divina Student Center
  • Child ID: PE3210206
Juan lives with his stepfather and his mother. He is responsible for washing clothes, making beds and cleaning. His stepfather is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Juan participates in camp. He is also in an apprenticeship program where his performance is average. Soccer and running are his favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Juan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Juan lives in the coastal community of Miraflores Alto, home to approximately 17,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The population is comprised of Mestizos and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of fish, plantains, beans, chicken, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include colds, fever and infections. Most adults in Miraflores Alto work in factories and earn the equivalent of $130 per month. This community needs drug abuse prevention programs, a public university and vocational training centers.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Luz Divina Student Center to provide Juan with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, recreational activities, health campaigns, social events, field trips, academic support and vocational training. The center staff will also provide educational seminars and workshops for the parents or guardians of Juan.
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.

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Child's Location: South of Chimbote

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.