Eliones lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include washing clothes, making beds and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Eliones participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. He is also in an apprenticeship program where his performance is average. Soccer, art and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Eliones will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Eliones lives in the coastal community of Sector 7, Villa el Salvador District, home to approximately 388,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, bronchitis and tuberculosis. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $250 per month. This community needs libraries and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mi Pequeño Mundo de la Amistad Student Center to provide Eliones with Bible teaching, health screenings, dental hygiene education, nutritious food, field trips, special celebrations, academic reinforcement, a library and skills training. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, evangelism and child abuse prevention workshops for the parents or guardians of Eliones.
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