Anabel lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water and making beds. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.
Playing with dolls, hide-and-seek and playing group games are Anabel's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Anabel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Anabel lives in the coastal community of San Pedro-Ignacio Escudero Sullana, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, parasites and stomach infections. Most adults work as day laborers or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $125 per month. This community needs improved schools, qualified teachers, employment opportunities and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sonrisas Felices Student Center to provide Anabel with Bible studies, hygiene education, nutritious food, medical checkups, special celebrations, tutoring and cognitive classes. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of Anabel.
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: North of Piura