Joset lives with his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed. Joset works at home making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Joset participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer is his favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Joset will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Joset lives in the coastal community of La Huayrona, home to approximately 857,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections and malnutrition. Most adults work in factories, domestic services or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $211 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, libraries, water, a drainage system, employment opportunities and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Misión Esperanza Student Center to provide Joset with Bible teaching, hygiene and health education, nutritious meals, special celebrations, picnics, homework help, tutoring, vocational training and educational videos. The center staff will also provide health and nutrition education, income-generating activities and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Joset.
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