José lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for washing clothes, making beds and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with cars and hide-and-seek are José's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember José in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
José lives on the plains of Etén City, home to approximately 11,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, bread, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include colds, stomach infections, malnutrition and asthma. Most adults in Etén City work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $125 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, programs to supply food to the poor and improved availability of scholastic materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jesús el Buen Pastor Student Center to provide José with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, medical checkups, field trips, handcraft workshops, homework assistance, tutoring, educational videos and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide health education, income-generating activities and evangelism for the parents or guardians of José.
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: East of Chiclayo