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Maria Fernanda Felicita Melendez Salazar  

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  • Age: 12
  • Birthday: September 22, 2001
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Peru
  • Center: Filadelfia Student Center
  • Child ID: PE4270228
Maria lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. Maria works at home making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Maria participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Volleyball, hide-and-seek and playing group games are her favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Maria will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Maria lives in the desert community of Cooperativa Los Heraldos, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood or brick walls and corrugated tin roofs.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice, potatoes and cereal. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, bronchitis and tuberculosis. Most adults in Cooperativa Los Heraldos work as day laborers or street vendors and earn the equivalent of $180 per month. This community needs libraries and vocational skills training.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Filadelfia Student Center to provide Maria with Bible teaching, health and hygiene instruction, medical checkups, nutritious food, field trips, special celebrations, homework help and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, health workshops and evangelism 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.

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Child's Location: In Lima

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.