Katerin makes her home with her father and her mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Katerin enjoys playing house, art and playing with dolls. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Katerin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Katerin lives in the coastal community of Huaycan, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, malnutrition and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Huaycan work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $144 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and improved housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ondas de Amor Student Center to provide Katerin with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, sports and games, special celebrations, homework assistance and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide evangelism, health education, social events and counseling for the parents or guardians of Katerin.
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