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Alonso Joaquin Salazar Mejia  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: April 20, 2007
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Peru
  • Center: Los Tesoros del Rey Student Center
  • Child ID: PE5150323
    • Waiting: 300 Days for a sponsor.
Alonso lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

Playing with cars and hide-and-seek are Alonso's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Alonso will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alonso lives in the coastal community of Zaña, home to approximately 13,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, bread, rice, potatoes and cabrito (goat).

Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, respiratory infections, intestinal parasites, anemia, malnutrition, bronchitis and dengue. Most adults in Zaña work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $158 per month. This community needs libraries, technical education centers and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Los Tesoros del Rey Student Center to provide Alonso with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, sports, birthday celebrations, nutritious food, tutoring and a library. Thirty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide health and nutrition workshops and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Alonso.
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.

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Child's Location: Southeast of Chiclayo

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