Yakelin lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for washing clothes, making beds and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Yakelin participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Volleyball and jumping rope are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Yakelin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yakelin lives in the coastal community of San Mateo, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of mud and have dirt floors. The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, flu, cholera, malnutrition and respiratory infections. Most adults in San Mateo are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $166 per month. This community needs water, a sewer system, libraries, quality education, literacy programs, employment opportunities and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Los Niños de Jesús Student Center to provide Yakelin with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, special celebrations, sports competitions, homework help, educational videos, life skills training and cultural activities. The center staff will also provide health education, parenting education, income-generating activities and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Yakelin.
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: North of Lima