Jhonny lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds and running errands. 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, Jhonny participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Playing with cars and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Jhonny in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jhonny lives in the desert community of C.P. Parachique, home to approximately 7,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include acute respiratory infections and diarrhea-related illnesses. Most adults work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $138 per month. This community needs training in the creation of small businesses and police security.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Una Esperanza Para Vivir Student Center to provide Jhonny with Bible teaching, hygiene education, nutritious food, medical checkups, sports, special celebrations, help with homework, community service opportunities and academic reinforcement in math and language. The center staff will also provide nutrition education, monthly meetings, home visits and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Jhonny.
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: Northwest of Piura