Maria lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for making beds. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing house and playing with dolls are Maria's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Maria will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Maria lives in the coastal community of Rio Seco, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mestizo and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory illnesses and tuberculosis. Most adults in Rio Seco are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $103 per month. This community needs paved streets, educational materials and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rio Seco Student Center to provide Maria with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, picnics, birthday celebrations, sports, tutoring, cultural activities, educational videos and vocational training. The center staff will also provide health education, marriage counseling, income generating activities and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Maria.
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: East of Trujillo