Nayeli lives with her grandfather and her mother. Her grandfather is not employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Nayeli works at home washing clothes, making beds and running errands.
Playing jacks, volleyball and art are Nayeli's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Nayeli will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Nayeli lives in the hillside community of Bambamarca, home to approximately 65,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory diseases, malnutrition, stomach infections and parasitism. Most adults in Bambamarca are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $167 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Principe de Paz Student Center to provide Nayeli with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, picnics, birthday celebrations, sports competitions, homework help, educational videos, cultural activities and vocational skills training. The center staff will also provide health education, income-generating activities and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Nayeli.
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: Southeast of Jaen