In her home, Dina helps by washing clothes, running errands and cleaning. She lives with her stepfather and her mother. Her stepfather is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Dina enjoys art, hide-and-seek and playing group games. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Please remember Dina in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Dina lives in the coastal community of Barrio Obrero 1 de Mayo, home to approximately 7,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and wood roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, rice, potatoes and pottages. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, qualified teachers and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mana del Cielo Student Center to provide Dina with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, special celebrations, tutoring, academic support, vocational training, cultural programs and a library. The center staff will also provide evangelism, health and nutrition education, social events and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Dina.
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: Lima