In his home, Melvin helps by washing clothes, making beds and cleaning. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Soccer, art and listening to music are Melvin's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Melvin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Melvin lives in the coastal community of San Francisco de Tablada, home to approximately 45,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have cement or tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, malnutrition and allergies. Most adults work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $240 per month. This community needs libraries, educational materials, drug abuse prevention programs and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Iglesia Alianza Cristiana y Misionera Tablada de Lurin to provide Melvin with Bible teaching, medical screening, nutritious food, special celebrations, field trips, skills training, academic reinforcement and a library. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, evangelism and child abuse prevention workshops for the parents or guardians of Melvin.
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