Maria lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include washing clothes, making beds and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Maria participates in Bible class and youth group. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Volleyball, walking and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Maria to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Maria lives in the coastal community of Santa Rosa-Tablada de Lurín, home to approximately 35,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors; wood or brick walls; and wood, cement or tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, bread, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include bronchitis, asthma, skin fungus, parasites, anemia and dental cavities. Most adults work as day laborers, street vendors or market traders and earn the equivalent of $246 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, qualified teachers and educational materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Zoe Student Center to provide Maria with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious meals, special celebrations, field trips and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Maria.
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: South of Lima