Michael lives with his father and his mother. His father is not employed and his mother is sometimes employed. Michael works at home running errands. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Michael participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Playing with cars, art and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Michael will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Michael lives in the coastal community of Chillón, home to approximately 285,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Quechua.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, tuberculosis, anemia, diarrhea, asthma, mumps, hepatitis and malnutrition. Most adults in Chillón work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $153 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, schools, libraries and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of La Gracia de Dios Student Center to provide Michael with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, health and nutrition education, special celebrations, picnics, math and grammar reinforcement, food, hygiene supplies and shoes. The center staff will also provide health education, hydroponics training and parenting workshops for the parents or guardians of Michael.
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 Lima