Leslie lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
For fun, Leslie enjoys art, playing with dolls and playing group games. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Leslie to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Leslie lives in the coastal community of Florencia de Mora, home to approximately 70,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, adobe or brick walls and tin or tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include bronchitis, allergies, stomach infections and malnutrition. Most adults work in as day laborers, in factories, in domestic services, as street vendors or in construction and earn the equivalent of $172 per month. This community has electricity, water and paved streets but needs public libraries and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nueva Generacion Student Center to provide Leslie with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, sports, special celebrations, homework help, cultural activities, clothes, shoes and vocational skills training. The center staff will also provide health and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Leslie.
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 East of Trujillo