Maricielo lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a project worker. There are 2 children in the family.
Maricielo is not presently attending school. Playing with dolls and running are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Maricielo will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Maricielo lives in the forested community of San Ramon, home to approximately 33,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Quechua.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include bronchial illness, asthma, allergies, parasites and malnutrition. Most adults in San Ramon work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $129 per month. This community needs schools, scholastic materials, water and electricity.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nueva Generacion Student Center to provide Maricielo with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, picnics, special celebrations, sports, homework help and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide health and nutrition education and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Maricielo.
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 Huancayo