Kiara makes her home with her mother. Running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kiara participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.
Please remember Kiara in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Kiara lives in the mountainous community of Carmen Alto, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors and wood walls. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections and tuberculosis. Most adults in Carmen Alto work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $94 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, educational materials and affordable education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Semillero de Líderes Cristianos Student Center to provide Kiara with Bible teaching, dental care, picnics, birthday celebrations, recreational activities, tutoring, academic support and vocational training. The center staff will also provide health education, special celebrations, parents' school and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Kiara.
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: Northeast of Lima