Yerson lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Yerson participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Yerson to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Yerson lives in the coastal community of Pimentel, home to approximately 15,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, rice, potatoes, bananas and beef.
Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, cavities, respiratory illnesses, parasites, malnutrition, skin problems, bronchitis, urinary infections and diabetes. Most adults in Pimentel work as fishermen, street vendors, mototaxi drivers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $193 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and addiction rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of LLamados Para Servir Student Center to provide Yerson with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, sports, birthday celebrations, field trips, tutoring and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide meetings, workshops and movies for the parents or guardians of Yerson.
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 Chiclayo