Danna lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a project worker. Danna works at home running errands. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing house, art and playing with dolls are Danna's favorite activities. In pre-school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Danna to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Danna lives in the coastal community of Cercado de Barranca, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and wood or clay roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include acute respiratory infections, malnutrition and skin diseases. Most adults work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $196 per month. This community needs educational materials, water, drainage, qualified teachers and family recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of La Bendición de Dios Student Center to provide Danna with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, picnics, special celebrations, sports competitions, tutoring, educational videos and skills training. The center staff will also provide health education, income-generating activities and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Danna.
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