In his home, Alejandro helps by running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Alejandro enjoys playing with cars and art. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Alejandro in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Alejandro lives in the coastal community of Human Settlement Jose Carlos Mariategui, home to approximately 15,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, wood or brick walls and cement roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include anemia, tuberculosis, respiratory infections and skin diseases. Most adults work as day laborers, street vendors or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $258 per month. This community has water, electricity and drainage but needs paved streets, educational materials, employment opportunities and recreation areas.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Esperanza y Amor Student Center to provide Alejandro with Bible teaching, sports and games, hygiene education, painting and origami workshops, birthday celebrations, vaccinations and vocational training. The center staff will also provide meetings and marriage workshops for the parents or guardians of Alejandro.
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