Paolo lives with his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Paolo participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, bicycling and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Paolo will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Paolo lives in the coastal community of San Gabriel, Villa Maria del Triunfo, home to approximately 51,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include acute respiratory infections, intestinal problems, allergies, malnutrition and tuberculosis. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, libraries and vocational schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Refugio de Vida Student Center to provide Paolo with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, picnics, special celebrations, sports, homework help, a library, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide health and nutrition education, evangelism and activities to generate economical resources for the parents or guardians of Paolo.
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