In his home, Alejandro helps by washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands. He lives with his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Alejandro participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, art and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Alejandro will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alejandro lives in the desert community of Pedregal-Arequipa, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread, rice, chicken, beef, guinea pig and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include skin allergies, bronchitis, malnutrition, diarrhea and acute respiratory illnesses. Most adults work as shepherds, on plantations or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $185 per month. This community needs technical training, libraries and preschool programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of La Esperanza de Majes Student Center to provide Alejandro with Bible teaching, hygiene and health education, medical checkups, sports, field trips, tutoring, birthday celebrations and homework help. The center staff will also provide meetings, workshops and childcare lectures for the parents or guardians of Alejandro.
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: South of Arequipa