David makes his home with his father and his mother. Making beds and cleaning are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 7 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, David participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, art and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, David will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
David lives in the coastal community of Edilberto Ramos, home to approximately 6,050 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors; wood or brick walls; and tin or cement roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include bronchitis, allergies, asthma and malnutrition. Most adults in Edilberto Ramos are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $250 per month. This community needs vocational training centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gracia del Dios Altísimo Student Center to provide David with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, sports, special celebrations, homework help, English courses and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide evangelism, parenting education and monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of David.
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