In his home, Jonatan helps by making beds and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Jonatan enjoys playing with cars and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Jonatan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jonatan lives in the coastal community of Nuevo San Lorenzo, home to approximately 18,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and clay roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, respiratory diseases, parasites, tuberculosis and pneumonia. Most adults in Nuevo San Lorenzo work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $111 per month. This community needs paved streets, improved public services, water, educational materials and occupational workshops.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Emanuel Student Center to provide Jonatan with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, special celebrations, field trips, tutoring, cultural activities, homework help, English courses, clothes and shoes. The center staff will also provide evangelism, income-generating, health education and marriage counseling for the parents or guardians of Jonatan.
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 Chiclayo