In his home, Anderson helps by carrying water. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Anderson participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and playing with cars are his favorite activities.
Please remember Anderson in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Anderson lives in the mountainous community of San Agustín de Cajas, home to approximately 10,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Quechua.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections and malnutrition. Most adults in San Agustín de Cajas are unemployed but some work as masons, day laborers, animal herders, street vendors, subsistence farmers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, libraries and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Peregrino de Fe Student Center to provide Anderson with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, field trips, special celebrations, sports competitions, homework help, life skills training and cultural activities. The center staff will also provide evangelism, health education, income-generating activities training and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Anderson.
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: Southwest of Huancayo