In her home, Jimena helps by making beds and running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed.
For fun, Jimena enjoys art, hide-and-seek and playing group games. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Jimena will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jimena lives in the mountainous community of Coop. Villa del Sol Chosica, home to approximately 7,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include acute respiratory infections, intestinal problems and bronchitis. Most adults work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $289 per month. This community needs libraries, schools, vocational training, stable employment opportunities and drug abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of La Semilla Student Center to provide Jimena with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, special celebrations, tutoring, vocational training and health and hygiene education. The center staff will also provide child development courses, counseling and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Jimena.
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: East of Lima