Dante lives with his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, washing clothes and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. His mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Dante participates in Bible class. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, volleyball and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Please remember Dante in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Dante lives in the coastal community of Dos de Mayo, home to approximately 5,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement or dirt floors, brick walls and wood, cement or tin roofs. The population is comprised of Mestizos and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, cassava, beef, oranges, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory diseases, colds and diarrhea. Most adults in Dos de Mayo work in factories, as fishermen or street vendors and earn the equivalent of $137 per month. This community needs recreational facilities and security.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rescatando Ninos para Cristo Student Center to provide Dante with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, nutritious food, sports, special celebrations, tutoring and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide parenting school for the parents or guardians of Dante.
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
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