In his home, Gerson helps by making beds, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, volleyball and listening to music are Gerson's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Gerson will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Gerson lives in the coastal community of Carquin, home to approximately 7,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, rice, noodles, milk products and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory diseases, intestinal infections, tuberculosis and allergies. Most adults in Carquin work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $160 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs libraries, literacy workshops and occupational education centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Carquin Student Center to provide Gerson with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious meals, special celebrations, homework help, academic support and library use. The center staff will also provide sexual abuse prevention workshops for the parents or guardians of Gerson.
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: North of Lima