Lander lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Lander participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Playing with cars and art are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Lander will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Lander lives on the plains of Bagua Capital, home to approximately 24,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and clay roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, guinea pig, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, rice, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, fevers, the flu and dengue fever. Most adults work as day laborers, street vendors or subsistence farmers, in domestic services or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $121 per month. This community needs increased salaries and drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Yeshua Student Center to provide Lander with Bible teaching, nutritious food, hygiene and health education, sports championships, special celebrations, field trips, drama lessons, tutoring, homework help, vocational training, cultural activities, school clothes and shoes. The center staff will also provide nutrition education, retreats and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Lander.
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: West of Jaén