In his home, Rodrigo helps by running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Rodrigo participates in church activities. He is also in pre-school where his performance is average. Playing with cars is his favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Rodrigo will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Rodrigo lives in the community of Carmen Alto, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors and wood walls. The primary ethnic group is Mestee and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, bread, plantains, rice, potatoes, chicken and beef. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory infections, tuberculosis and lice. Most adults in Carmen Alto work as street market vendors and earn the equivalent of $106 per month. This community needs drug abuse prevention programs, law enforcement, employment opportunities and scholastic materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Maná Student Center to provide Rodrigo with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, social events, picnics, tutoring, skills training and academic support. The center staff will also provide evangelism, parents' school, social events and health education for the parents or guardians of Rodrigo.
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: Northeast of Lima