Maribel lives with her mother. At home, duties include caring for animals, washing clothes and making beds. Her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Listening to music and reading are Maribel's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Maribel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Maribel lives in the coastal community of Edilberto Ramos, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tin or corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections and psychological disorders. Most adults work as street vendors or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $240 per month. This community needs law enforcement, employment opportunities and drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jehová es mi Pastor Student Center to provide Maribel with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, sports, picnics, special celebrations, homework help, vocational workshops, cultural activities and school supplies. The center staff will also provide meetings and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Maribel.
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