Jhosep lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jhosep participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with cars is his favorite activity.
Please remember Jhosep in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jhosep lives in the hillside community of Vista Hermosa, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, beef, guinea pig, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, skin diseases and stomach infections. Most adults work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $112 per month. This community needs literacy training, vocational training centers, employment opportunities and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Vida Nueva Student Center to provide Jhosep with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, special celebrations, picnics, sports, homework help, tutoring, educational videos and vocational training. The center staff will also provide evangelism, health education and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Jhosep.
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: West of Huancayo