Heidi lives with her mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing house, art and playing with dolls are Heidi's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.
Your love and support will help Heidi to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Heidi lives in the coastal community of Cercado de Huacho, home to approximately 84,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, malnutrition and diarrhea. Most adults in Cercado de Huacho work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $133 per month. This community needs libraries, educational materials, literacy workshops and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Fé y Esperanza Student Center to provide Heidi with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, field trips, special celebrations, tutoring, homework help, vocational training and cultural activities. The center staff will also provide health education, family week, income-generating activities and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Heidi.
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