Leydy lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include washing clothes, making beds and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Leydy participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Reading is her favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Leydy will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Leydy lives in the coastal community of San Genaro-Chorrillos, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, tuberculosis, parasites, diarrhea, colds, coughs and dental problems. Most adults in San Genaro-Chorrillos work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $196 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, scholastic materials and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Emanuel Student Center to provide Leydy with Bible teaching, health education, medical checkups, nutritious food, recreational activities, vocational training, tutoring and academic support. The center staff will also provide hydroponics and handicrafts workshops for the parents or guardians of Leydy.
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