Kevin lives with his father. His duties at home include running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kevin participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and art are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Kevin to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Kevin lives in the jungle community of Oxapampa, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Quechua.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasites, respiratory infections, tuberculosis, skin diseases and stomach illnesses. Most adults in Oxapampa work as animal herders, street vendors, subsistence farmers or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $160 per month. This community needs a public university and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mana Student Center to provide Kevin with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, health and dental checkups, hygiene education, special celebrations, reading and writing support, homework help, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide home visits and training workshops for the parents or guardians of Kevin.
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: Northeast of Huancayo