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Sarai Alexandra Medrano De La Cruz  

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  • Age: 4
  • Birthday: July 31, 2010
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Peru
  • Center: Perlas de Gran Precio Student Center
  • Child ID: PE3770442
Sarai lives with her mother. She is responsible for making beds. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.

Sarai is not presently attending school. Art and playing with dolls are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities regularly.

Because of your sponsorship, Sarai will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sarai lives in the coastal community of La Brea-Negritos Talara, home to approximately 15,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have cement floors. The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice and potatoes.

Common health problems in this area include acute respiratory illnesses. Most adults work in surveillance services and earn the equivalent of $138 per month. This community needs water, drainage, stable employment opportunities and qualified teachers.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Perlas de Gran Precio Student Center to provide Sarai with Bible teaching, hygiene and health education, medical checkups, special celebrations and help with homework. The center staff will also provide parents' school and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Sarai.
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.

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Child's Location: North of Piura

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