Joel lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Joel participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer is his favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Joel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Joel lives in the desert community of Subtanjalla, home to approximately 8,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of brick and have dirt floors. The most commonly spoken language is Castellano.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, bread, rice and chicken. Common health problems in this area include intestinal infections, HIV/AIDS, bronchitis and depression. Most adults work as day laborers or fishermen and earn the equivalent of $169 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, employment opportunities and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jehova Jireh Student Center to provide Joel with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, sports, picnics, special celebrations, homework help, a library, educational videos and cultural activities. The center staff will also provide evangelism, income-generating activities and social events for the parents or guardians of Joel.
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 Ica