Lucero makes her home with her father and her mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Lucero participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Basketball, listening to music and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Please remember Lucero in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Lucero lives on the plains of La Victoria, home to approximately 65,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections and malnutrition. Most adults in La Victoria work as day laborers or street vendors and earn the equivalent of $196 per month. This community has water, electricity and telephone service but needs job opportunities, qualified teachers and career training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Luminares del Mundo Student Center to provide Lucero with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, counseling, sports, field trips, drama lessons, tutoring, shoes, clothes, cultural activities, English courses and skills training. The center staff will also provide evangelism, skills training, health education and marriage counseling for the parents or guardians of Lucero.
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: South of Chiclayo