Franco lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Franco enjoys playing with cars and hide-and-seek. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Franco to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Franco lives in the coastal community of El Milagro, home to approximately 28,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and plastic sheet roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory illnesses and stomachaches. Most adults work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $103 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs qualified teachers, educational supplies, employment opportunities and a drainage system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Milagro Student Center to provide Franco with Bible teaching, health checkups, hygiene and health education, nutritious food, picnics, birthday celebrations, sports, tutoring, cultural activities and skills training. The center staff will also provide health education, counseling, income-generating activities and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Franco.
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 Trujillo