In her home, Karla helps by making beds, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. She lives with her grandmother. Her grandmother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Volleyball is Karla's favorite activity. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Karla will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Karla lives in the coastal community of El Progreso, home to approximately 5,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or wood floors, wood or plastic walls and wood or plastic sheet roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, allergies, bronchial-pulmonary diseases, diarrhea and parasites. Most adults work as fishermen or street vendors and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs vocational training centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Estrella del Oriente Child Development Center to provide Karla with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious meals, sports, special celebrations, homework help, educational videos and training in hydroponics and silk screening. The center staff will also provide educational lectures for the parents or guardians of Karla.
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: Northeast of Chimbote