Jose lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Jose works at home caring for animals, washing clothes and making beds. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, listening to music and playing group games are Jose's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Your love and support will help Jose to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Jose lives on the coastal community of Tuman, home to approximately 25,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, beef, bread, rice and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include asthma, colds, stomach infections, malnourishment and allergies. Most adults work as day laborers, in domestic services, as market traders or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $179 per month. This community needs technical schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Nazareno Tuman Student Center to provide Jose with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, picnics, special celebrations, tutoring and skills training workshops. The center staff will also provide health education, income-generating activities and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Jose.
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: Eastern Chiclayo