In his home, Jean helps by making beds, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Jean enjoys soccer, art and playing group games. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Jean to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Jean lives in the desert community of Parcona, home to approximately 8,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and bamboo or straw roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include the flu, bronchitis, tuberculosis, diarrhea and malnourishment. Most adults in Parcona work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $155 per month. This community needs libraries, educational materials, alcohol abuse prevention programs and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Amiguitos de Jesus Student Center to provide Jean with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, health and hygiene education, picnics, special celebrations, sports, tutoring, educational support, vocational training and cultural activities. The center staff will also provide vocational training, evangelism and health and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Jean.
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: Northwest of Ica