Maricarmen lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include making beds and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Art, playing with dolls and playing group games are Maricarmen's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Maricarmen to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Maricarmen lives in the coastal community of Caserio San Martin de Porras, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and reed and mud roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Castellano.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, beef, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include flu, bronchitis, tuberculosis and diarrhea. Most adults in Caserio San Martin de Porras work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $155 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, schools, adequate housing and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Amor y Vida Student Center to provide Maricarmen with Bible teaching, medical care, nutritious food, hygiene education, field trips, recreational activities, special celebrations, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of Maricarmen.
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: North of Ica